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Missing Rivers?


Review by Greg Neyman

First Published 1 April 2003


    In an article on the Creation, Dinosaurs and the Flood website, young earth creation science advocate Charlie Liebert mentions that when he was at the Grand Canyon, the rangers told a story of geologic creation of the canyon, in which rivers from the north (in Utah) fed the canyon to erode it. 

     He points out that the area of Utah where the rivers come from is 2,000 feet lower in elevation than the north rim of the Canyon, so the water would have to flow uphill.

     No problem…except the young earth creation science model, which proposes a great lake as the source of the water that catastrophically eroded the canyon, comes from the same area!  Canyonlands Lake (a fictitious lake, for which there is no evidence that it existed) is said to have drained and formed the Grand Canyon…must have been flowing uphill also!  (Critique of this lake is in Chapter 5 of my critique of the young earth book, Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe.)

     There is an unconformity at the top of the Kaibab Limestone in Grand Canyon.  Many overlying layers have been eroded away over the last two hundred million years.  Of course there is no evidence for these missing rivers, just as there is no evidence for the supposed Canyonlands Lake that created the Grand Canyon.



     If you are not a Christian, and you have been holding out on making a decision for Christ because the Church always preached a message that was contrary to what you saw in the scientific world, then rest assured that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, and you can believe in Christ and receive salvation, while still believing in an old earth.  Click here for more.


    Are you a Christian who believes in young earth creationism?  Now that we have shown the many difficulties of the young earth creation science model in this and many other articles, how does this impact your Christian life?  If you are a young earth creationism believer, click here.



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