Science and the Bible Part 6—Sedimentary Rock Formations

Science and the Bible Part 6—Sedimentary Rock Formations


Sedimentary rocks are the product of weathering preexisting rocks, transport of the weathering products, deposition of the material, followed by compaction, and cementation of the sediment to form a rock.


According to Science Daily, sedimentary rocks cover 75% of the Earth’s surface. [1] I’ve read other sources that have it as high as 85%, but I’ll use the conservative figure. Moreover, evidence abounds that sea creatures are fossilized high above sea level. One example is the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Sitting 7,000-8,000 feet above sea level is the Redwall Limestone, which commonly contains fossil brachiopods (a type of clam), corals, bryozoans (lace corals), crinoids (sea-lilies), bivalves (other types of clams), gastropods (marine snails), trilobites, cephalopods, and even fish teeth. [2]


If the great flood described in Genesis 7 did not occur, how did the earth become covered with so much sedimentary rock? If the flood was a fable, how did sea creatures become fossilized in the Grand Canyon? I’ve read other non-biblical explanations, but frankly, they do not make sense to me.






[1] – accessed June 24, 2016


[2] S.S. Beus, “Redwall Limestone and Surprise Canyon Formation,” in S.S. Beus and M. Morales, eds., Grand Canyon Geology, 2nd edition (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, New York, 2003), p. 115–135.

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