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For instance, the Institute for Creation Research has on display multiple examples of fossils from the Green River Formation. 2a) contains the fossilized fish Diplomystus dentatus and Knightia eocaena. (a) A fossilized Diplomystus dentatus (the large fish) and Knightia eocaena (the smaller fish) in a slab from the Green River Formation. Close inspection reveals many fine laminations (fig. Although there is disagreement among creation scientists as to whether or not the Green River Formation represents a Flood or very early post-Flood depositional environment (Oard and Whitmore 2006; Oard and Klevberg 2008; Whitmore and Garner 2008), one thing is clear: because these fish were preserved, the thin layers must have formed quickly around them, before the fish could decay or be eaten by other scavengers (Whitmore 2009). Many laminations (b) are clearly visible and must have formed quickly before the fish could decompose. Finally, the latest empirical research has demonstrated that thinly-bedded mudrocks, which make up much of the world’s deposits of laminae and the majority of the geologic record, form much differently than previously thought. Six years ago the Bio Logos Foundation published an article entitled Christian Geologists on Noah’s Flood: Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology (Davidson and Wolgemuth 2010). As of 9/19/2016, this article was freely accessible online at Gregg Davidson and Ken Wolgemuth, present what they believe are strong geological arguments for an old earth. 1997), although Nature did not acknowledge Berthault’s prior work (Snelling 1997).
Creation scientists would argue that most of the lamination couplets are not true annual events.
However, careful examination of the papers they cite shows that this apparent agreement is the result of the typical uniformitarian circular reasoning.
Furthermore, Davidson and Wolgemuth made numerous errors in their article (even within their own uniformitarian framework) which cause one to question whether they carefully read all of the technical papers they cited.
Geologists have known for quite some time that multiple laminae may form very rapidly.
French creation scientist Guy Berthault performed groundbreaking laboratory experiments demonstrating that multiple laminations can form spontaneously when sediment mixtures consisting of particles of different sizes are deposited in air, running water, or still water. Because varves are by definition “annual,” they have been used to measure the ages of lake deposits and as proof of ages of millions of years.