Selections from The Origin of Grand Canyon, Part III: A Geomorphological Problem, by Michael J. Oard
Grand Canyon is one of more than 1000 water gaps across the globe. A water gap is a deep, perpendicular cut in a ridge, mountain range, plateau, or some other transverse barrier that carries a river or stream (Douglas, 2005). There are also many wind gaps around the world. A wind gap is a notch in a ridge or mountain range that was not quite deep enough for a river or a stream to run through it. Only wind passes through.
After the peak of Noah's Flood, the floodwaters which covered the entire surface of the earth retreated. This is when water gaps and wind gaps could have been formed. Here's how.
Step A. Flood water covering the tops of all the mountains and hills flowed perpendicular to transverse ridges beneath. This formed shallow notches on the ridges as you can see here.
Step B. Notches eroded further as the water level dropped below the top of the ridge.
Step C. Floodwater continued to drain as notches deepened.
|The formation of water and wind gaps|
(drawn by Peter Klevberg)
A wind gap is left over in the area where erosion ceased earlier.
Evolutionary geomorphologists cannot credibly explain the Grand Canyon or other water gaps. That is because their uniformitarian paradigm forces them toward low-energy, longtime explanations, usually involving the rivers currently flowing through these water gaps.
But the Colorado River did not cut the Grand Canyon! That amount of erosion demands large volumes of water with elevated current velocities, operating at a scale unknown today. Only the Biblical Flood of Noah can provide a reasonable explanation.
The stubborn refusal of uniformitarian geologists to even consider the Genesis Flood as an alternative model demonstrates how tightly they are bound to their theoretical framework - quite the opposite of the cool objectivity that they project to the public.
(These selections by Marko Malyj is from the article published in Creation Research Society Quarterly Journal, Volume 47, Number 1, Summer, 2010, to appear at http://www.creationresearch.org/crsq/abstracts/Abstracts47-1.htm).
Douglas, J.C. 2005. Criterion Approach to Transverse Drainages. PhD thesis. Arizona State University, Tucson, AZ.
Oard, Michael. 2007b. Do rivers erode through mountains? Water gaps are strong evidence for the Genesis Flood. Creation Ex Nihilo 29(3):18-23.