Re: Flood Coal (No. 2)
Arthur V. Chadwick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 09:21:48 -0700
>But you miss the point with the global flood and rapid sedimentation. We
>are told over and over that only rapid sedimentation can preserve the
>fossils, (which isn't always true) so when we have something buried rapidly,
>removed from the oxygen, it doesn't matter that it is like asparagus or not.
> Decay would be severely inhibited after several hundred feet of strata were
>piled on top of it after a few days in a one year flood. It couldn't easily
>rot under such conditions. Bacterial activity is very, very slow (cell
>division maybe once a decade or once a century at such depths. (see
>Fredrickson and Onstott, "Microbes Deep Inside the Earth," Scientific
>American, Oct. 1996, p. 68-73, p. 73)
My point is that with Calamites, the stems are already hollow, and with
lycopods there would have been ample hollow trunks sitting around in the
prefood environment so that decay during the flood is a straw man.