This eruption provided remarkable insight into the great Flood of Noah’s day, for it produced geologic products and landforms that mirror those stemming from the Flood. Its results included:
- Up to 600 feet of water-deposited sediments, which look strikingly like those found worldwide in the greater geologic record;
- A deep, eroded canyon through those sediments that has been dubbed the “Little Grand Canyon”;
- Fresh basalts that are dated by radiometric means to be over two million years old;
- A log mat of about four million trees, a forest that was catastrophically ripped from the ground and is now floating in a nearby lake;
- A thick peat layer accumulating under the mat that is poised to become a coal deposit;
- Upright floating logs that have the signature appearance of the Petrified Forest at Yellowstone National Park.
Consider that most of the damage done by the 1980 Mount St. Helen’s eruption was water related, not volcanic. The glacier on the mountain’s summit suddenly melted, sending avalanches of water and debris cascading down the mountainside, depositing thick, water saturated sediments on the lower slopes and throughout the drainage basin…the eruption was so well observed. Earth features that had been considered to have taken long ages to be accomplished were seen to happen rapidly, almost instantaneously.
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