Re: Flood deposits?

Bill Hamilton (
Thu, 4 Sep 1997 11:05:36 -0400

At 11:00 PM -0700 9/3/97, Allen Roy wrote:

>The notion of re-colonization is interpretation. Perhaps a tidal surge or
>tsnumai (one of thousands) swept across a shallow area and picked up a
>large load of rocks and soil and a bunch of molluscs, etc.. Then, when
>the wave lost energy, perhaps in a deeper area or when in collision with
>other waves, the water became saturated and quickly dumped its load.
>This way you don't have to speculate such sillyness as immobile animals
>scrambling upward to escape burial. And yet you can get them deposited at
>every level in the sedementary record.

I haven't looked at your flood scenario for a while, but let's acknowledge
that the event you describe above could indeed have moved molluscs,
brachyopods, gastropods and other relatively immobile species to a location
where survival was possible. What evidence would indicate that such an
event had indeed occurred? If you can't point to evidence that such events
occurred, they remain merely speculation.

Bill Hamilton
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