Ham and Uluru
Paul Blake

Paul completed his Bachelor of Science in 1989 at the University of Queensland majoring in geology, and his Honours in 1990 majoring in geology and palaeontology. 

 KEN HAM ON EDUCATION:  Uluru - a testimony to Noah's Flood!
Home Education Weekly News - 28 February 2003

Question: What is Uluru? 

Answer:   You probably have heard of Uluru as Ayers Rock (in Australia). It is the biggest rock in the world.  Uluru is its aboriginal name!

This enormous rock - rising over 1000 feet above the desert sands - is really a testimony to the Flood of Noah's day. The evidence indicates that the four-miles-thick sandstone layer making up this rock had to be deposited quickly.  Evolutionists, though, insist that this formation formed slowly over millions of years.

But, the sandstone making up this rock, called Arkose, is composed of grains that are of many different sizes and are very jagged.  This indicates that the grains were deposited catastrophically.  If the grains had been transported slowly over millions of years, they'd be rounded and sorted—the opposite of what scientists find.

This is the usual misrepresentation of scientific processes.   Geologists say that the sandstone built up over millions of years, not that the sand grains rolled around for millions of years.  The amount of rounding is correlated to the distance the grains travel.  The grains would have been eroded out of their original rock and travelled a relatively short distance to where they accumulated in the sandstones.  The process of erosion and depostional would have been continual with new grains being eroded all the time and added to the pile of sand in the basin.

Nothing about the grain shapes and sorting in the sandstones at Ularu conflicts with the standard geological processes.

Also, the feldspars in the rock are fresh and shiny - if the rock was millions of years old, they'd have turned into clay! 

Feldspars do not turn into clay just because they get old.  Like most chemical reactions this requires water.  Studies in Precambrian terrains indicate that feldspar preservation in sandstones is a result of how quickly and completely the sandstone became cemented.  Sandstones that quickly become completely cemented prevent water flowing through them and thus preserve their feldspars.  Sandstones that take a long time to become cemented, or do not become completely cemented, have lots of water flow through them and their feldspars are converted to clay.  The sandstone at Ularu must have been one of the types that cemented quickly, preventing water from flowing through them, and preserving their feldspars.

Determining which sandstones allowed fluids to flow through them and which did not has become an important feature in understanding how base-metal orebodies formed in the Precambrian rocks of Australia.  However, since creation "science" has no practical applications it is not surprising that creationists do not know about these studies and their implications for the preservation of feldspar in sandstones that are hundreds of millions of years old.

There is so much evidence such as this from around the world that fits with the explanation from Genesis about Noah's Flood.  That is why creation geologists believe Uluru was formed quickly, fitting with the answers in Genesis.

Creation geologists are a strange breed of scientist.  For the most part they have bona fide degrees but somehow are able to cast aside their scientific training and even the expertise gained in the field working for bona fide oil exploration companies in favour of such crackpot ideas as "Flood Geology".

For a further insight into the strange minds of creation geologists see the following pages:

Flood Geology: a house built on sand

Will the Real Dr Snelling Please Stand Up?

Dr Tasman Walker's Flood Geology Model

A Response to a Dubious Diluvium: A Tas Walker Creationist Fantasy

"Message in a Bottle": More Distortions of Geology from Creation ex nihilo Magazine

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