A Genesis Flood geologic model is proposed by Maxwell Hunter wherein the Flood cataclysm was initiated by a sudden reduction of gravitational force which decompressed the earth’s hot, water-saturated mantle. The Precambrian rock record was extruded from the mantle and deposited from Day 1 to Day 40 of the Flood cataclysm. Widespread evidence of destructive volcanic geologic activity throughout the Precambrian corroborates the Scriptural record of the destruction of the created earth (’eretz) by the Flood cataclysm (Gen. 9:11). This should lead us to preclude a Creation Week or Antediluvian origins for the Precambrian geologic record, and instead consider all of the Precambrian as Flood deposited.
In Genesis 1:1 it is recorded that on Day 1 of Creation Week, God created “the heavens and the earth” (’eretz). Then, in Genesis 6:13, we read that before the Flood, regarding “all flesh”, God said to Noah, “I will destroy them with the earth” (’eretz). Then, in Genesis 9:11, after the Flood, God confirmed to Noah that by the Flood He had indeed destroyed the created Earth, when He said, “never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth” (’eretz). Whatever constituted the ’eretz that was created on Day 1, God destroyed it by the Flood cataclysm.
Corroborating God’s revelation to Noah that the created Earth (’eretz) had been destroyed in the Flood (Genesis 9:11) is the record of widespread destructive volcanic and sedimentary processes evident in the Precambrian rock record. In the Precambrian we see evidence of huge volcanoes, depositing lava accumulations up to 22 km thick, including abundant products of explosive volcanic activity. Walker noted that the Precambrian Strelley Pool Chert formation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is underlain and overlain by rocks deposited from volcanic eruptions, and suggested: “From a biblical perspective, it is inconceivable that volcanoes would be active during Creation Week, depositing volcaniclastics and tuff such as comprise parts of the stratigraphic sections [emphasis added]. Widespread evidence throughout the globally correlated Precambrian rock record of huge explosive volcanic eruptions comprises tuffs, ignimbrites, pyroclastic flows, volcaniclastics, accretionary apilli/lapillistone, and agglomerates. The processes necessary for the accumulation of accretionary lapilli/lapillistone include an atmospheric ash column, moisture, accretion, deposition, and lithification. We might reasonably question whether atmospheric ash columns would have been occurring during Creation Week.
On the basis of the volcanic content, and especially the explosive volcanic content, and the widespread destruction of organisms throughout the Precambrian, we should question a Creation Week or Antediluvian origin for the Precambrian rock record, reconsider the way we interpret the Precambrian fossil record, and conclude that the Precambrian is all Flood deposited.
This post is part of the article in Journal of Creation Volume 36 Issue 3 The Precambrian: globally correlated and all Flood deposited by Maxwell Hunter.
Maxwell Hunter received a Fellowship Diploma in geology from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia in 1968. Prior
to retiring in 2018, Maxwell worked for 50 years in mineral exploration and mining geology throughout Australia.
During that time, Maxwell has been involved in exploration for and/or mining of nickel in Precambrian Archaean terrains in Western Australia, base metals and gold in Precambrian Proterozoic terrains in northern Australia, and gold in Paleozoic terrains throughout eastern Australia.