Jim Clarke, BS. Geology, MS. Hydrological Engineering, AzOSA Resident Geologist
Hawaiian Islands - Land of Creation, Land of Catastrophe
The Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is considered to be the most active volcano on Earth and has been in a continuous eruptive cycle since 1985. Kilauea is considered to be "America's Drive-In Volcano" and due to its relatively quiet eruptions is easily and safely viewed by the public. Thus, Kilauea is one of the few places on Earth where geologic processes such as mountain building and rock formation cam be actively observed. There are also catastrophic events such as fast moving lava flows, earthquakes and tsunamis. This males the Hawaiian Islands a land of creation and catastrophe. So, what does this tell us regarding the biblical model of six literal days of Creation and the Global Flood? This talk has the objective of answering this question. Below are some key points that will be covered by this talk:
The Hawaiian Islands are considered to be the highest mountains on Earth from their base and are still growing.
If the Hawaiian Islands began forming during or slightly after the Flood, all that is required is an average of 10 feet of lava per year being erupted to achieve the current height of the highest volcano, Mauna Kea (nearly 14,000 feet above sea level and 20,000 feet below sea level).
The Hawaiian Islands have sun baked deserts in some areas and the wettest locations on Earth in other areas (Island of Kauai). Therefore, the Hawaiian Islands are rapidly eroded back down to sea level. A canyon similar to the Grand Canyon is located on the Island of Kauai.
Evidence indicates that one of the largest tsunamis on Earth occurred when a large chuck of the coast of the Island of Hawaii broke off and slid onto the ocean. The resulting tsunami was over 1,000 feet high and washed completely over the Island of Kahulawi just west of Maui.
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First Baptist Church of Tempe
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