Most people are under the impression that coal forms slowly in swamps over millions of years. But ...
Most people are under the impression that coal forms slowly in swamps over millions of years. But this view neglects the testimony of tree trunk fossils that cut across many coal layers, known as polystrate fossils. If these tree trunks were buried gradually over thousands of years the top parts of the trees would have rotted away before they could be protected by sediment.
Derek Ager, Professor of Geology at University College of Swansea recognized this when he wrote of trees buried in coal seams.
"'If one estimates the total thickness of the British Coal Measures as about 1,000 m, laid down in about 10 million years, then, assuming a constant rate of sedimentation, it would have taken 100,000 years to bury a tree 10 m high, which is ridiculous."
He then went on to say, "We cannot escape the conclusion that sedimentation was at times very rapid indeed."
So the slow-swamp-story should itself be laid to rest.
Did you hear about the whale that exploded?
In 2001 a dead whale floating off the coast of South Australia did just that. Authorities became worried because people who'd ferried out to the whale in charter boats where standing on the whale's carcass while white pointer sharks tore at the whale's flesh. They called in the police bomb squad to sink it, but after detonating three explosives inside the whale's belly it still refused to sink.
Many people think that when a fish or whale dies it sinks to the bottom of the ocean where it gradually gets covered by sediment and slowly becomes a fossil. But this doesn't make sense. Dead fish and whales float. If pieces do make it to the ocean floor, crabs and bacteria consume them. But we find lots of fish and even whale fossils, showing that they must have been buried quickly, like in the global flood of Noah, that the Bible records.•