January 28th, 2010


Boulders and Mud layers in Coal Formations

Boulders in Coal Layers

It has been generally thought that multiple layers of coal found in the eastern US came as the result of trees rotting in swamps over millions of years. In the midst of some of the richest layers of coal, large boulders of totally different rock are also found. Boulders do not grow in swamps, so it seems the trees that formed the coal were ripped up and floated in from a great distance. Perhaps on high seas during the Flood, trees rubbed against each other and produced the peat which would later become coal. Rocks entwined in the root structure of the tree worked loose and sank into this peat. Late burial and subsequent heat & pressure turned the peat to coal. 


Mud layers in coal.

Widespread, thin layers of mud are found in coal deposits in the eastern US.  If coal was formed (as we are usually taught) by trees rotting in swamps over millions of years, these mud layers would not be preserved. Since tremendous mixing occurs in swamps as the result of biologic activity, the mud would have been totally mixed with the peat. Perhaps, instead, trees ripped up by Noah's Flood floated on high seas. As they rubbed together, fragments fell off forming peat beds (which would later become coal). Currents washed mud under the floating mat of trees forming distinct layers between coal seams. Things to think about.



Dave Nutting

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