Re: craters (part of YEC defined)

Allen Roy (
Thu, 11 Mar 1999 21:15:10 -0700

> From: David Campbell <>
> What are you identifying as Flood deposits? ICR seems to consider
> Precambrian as created in place and Cenozoic as post-flood; both contain
> impact craters.

I consider flood deposits to extend from the Paleozoic up into the Tertiary
peroid of the Cenozoic. Please note I use these terms to refer in general
to the rocks usually identified as such, but without accepting the ages
usually associated with these terms.

The first of the impacts would likely strike the soils and basement rocks
of the preflood geology, so impact craters should be found in such
Precambrian rocks.

Impacts in Tertiary rocks could represent a remnant of smaller, trailing
asteroids. The largest of the impacts occure in the older rocks. The size
of craters diminish dramatically in the Tertiary rocks. This could be
interpreted to mean that astroids of the size to cause global catastophic
impact occurred during the initial and middle stages of the Flood. The
final, smaller ones could not sustain the catastrophe.

> I have not read much of the 3rd edition (I only glanced at it to confirm
> that flagrant historical inaccuracies were not corrected), but Scott
> in the second edition of The Collapse of Evolution, denied the existence
> ancient meteor craters.

I don't know Scott Huse. But there were presentations at the last two
International Creation Conferences which explored the part asteroid impacts
might play in a flood paradigm. I have found that some of the more well
known Creation evangelists have not kept up with the latest in Creationary
thinking. Thus they keep repeating certain 'proofs' which even Creationary
scientists wince at. Probably the best way to keep abrest of the latest
Creationary thinking is to read Creation Ex-Nihlo Technical Journal, CRSQ
and the ICC Proceedings (The fourth conference occurred in 1998).

> The Chixulub crater is the only one clearly associated with major
> extinctions; other extinctions are not clearly linked to craters and vice
> versa.

And I have read several who don't agree that any extinctions correspond to
the Chixulub crater event. It is true that this is somewhat of a minority
view. An impact in an ocean would affect and flood continents thousands of
miles away. And with several impacts occurring per day, it could be
difficult to try to identify which impact caused which layers. This could
make a very interesting scientific geologic study though.

Since Flood catastrophists would put the majority of the impacts to within
that 150 days, the extinctions would likely just be associated with the
asteroid storm rather than to individual impacts.