What do coal seams tell us about Earth’s history?
Do they show signs of having formed very slowly—over millions of years—in huge swamps? (This is the most common naturalistic explanation of how coal formed.)
Or does the evidence point to vast quantities of vegetation being rapidly, catastrophically buried in a flood of, well, biblical proportions—only a few thousand years ago? (This is what biblical creationists claim.)
The real-world evidence is consistent with one of these stories—but directly contradicts the other! But which one?
Join geologist, Dr Tas Walker, for a fascinating exploration of coal—and the true history of Earth.
⏳ TIMESTAMPS ⌛
00:29 Introduction: Coal is a memorial to Noah’s Flood
01:32 The size, extent and composition of coal seams point to catastrophic origins
04:36 Swamp theory: The naturalistic attempt to explain coal
06:03 → Uniformitarianism: Using the present to explain the past
07:07 The swamp theory is unrealistic
09:26 → The problem of tree trunks in coal
11:02 → Evidence that pre-coal vegetation was washed into place and rapidly buried by sedimentary rock
12:05 A better explanation for coal formation?
12:56 Evidence that coal was produced by rapid burial in a flood of biblical proportions
13:05 → The vast area covered by coal seams
14:10 → Methane in coal seams
15:50 → Sharp contacts between coal and neighboring rock layers
16:40 → The absence of bioturbation
18:24 → Marine fossils in coal
18:51 Long-age believer sees evidence for rapid coal formation
20:43 → Neocatastrophism: A way of escaping the obvious?
22:45 How does Noah’s Flood account for coal?
24:16 → Coal can form rapidly in the right conditions
26:44 → Noah’s Flood supplied the right conditions
27:51 Noah was in the Ark while this global catastrophe was happening!
29:09 Seeing is believing: Observing clear geologic layers is compelling for many
31:10 Conclusion: Coal is a memorial to the biblical Flood!
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