The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
different climate once existed here. O il, it has been theorized, was created in what was
once a heavily vegetative environment.
Although oil, it is estimated, takes millions of years to produce, its very presence
strongly suggests that a far different climate once existed eons ago than is evidenced
today. Further, it also takes millions of years to fill a valley system with silt, assuming
stable environmental conditions.
It could be theorized that this land had existed over millennia of time in this densely
vegetative state punctuated by geologically short intervals of glaciation as t he earth
cooled, then warmed again. At some point in the latter part of each deglaciation, torrents
of meltwater, unimaginable today, could have coursed through this valley system tearing
loose its plant life. Extensive mats of uprooted vegetation could ha ve lodged in different
places that, in turn, would have been covered over by the eroded rock ground to silt as an
end result of this overwhelming disturbance of a geologic status quo. In possibly only
hundreds of years, the life of this valley could have reestablished itself at a somewhat
higher level than before, assuming no long-term climatic changes would have occurred as
a result of these disturbances.
These geologic -punctuations | could have occurred with every cycle of glaciation
that geology records, including the last one that ended approximately ten thousand years
ago. Just prior to that last and most catastrophic of punctuations, a long-remembered oral
cultural history could have described the area as a huge garden where every kind of tree
and plant grew, where two rivers that had joined in the middle of the plain and then
separated again gave the appearance of four, within the -editing | of generational
recitations. That it seemed to have flowed to the four corners of that same garden- like
environment might have been an artifact of later flawed interpretation. O f course other
interpretations may become available as new information enters the mix, and if a more
open grassland environment replaced the forested one, it would have been lovingly
preserved in the collective memory of all who came after.
During the process of this last punctuation, something changed, and the -garden |
climate was forever erased. In the aftermath this time, only a broad savanna of grassland
emerged. Because it lies in a geographically north to south alignment, the beginning of
the last retreat of the ice sheets covering the northern latitudes could have poured vast,
sustained floods of meltwater over this double river system. Because, it is theorized, that
the last warming took place over the longest span of time of all the glacial retreats, the
destruction of the environment that preceded it has been the most complete.
This theory gains added corroboration in the discoveries made in places far removed
from this scene of possibly deeply buried devastation. Consistent with a somewhat later
episode of this last deglaciation, it has been postulated, similar violence-related changes
occurred in those other places as well.
Cataracts of meltwater poured out of the Canadian Shield into huge holes gouged in
the earth by the glaciers that were, at that time, in full retreat. Filling unevenly, the
overflow from one would have torn through the narrow bridges of land that separated
these huge cisterns, in the process, forming what is now k nown as the Great Lakes.
Overflowing southward this monumental flood could possibly have created the
Mississippi River drainage system, while eastward, as the ice sheet retreated farther, huge
volumes of water plunged down a valley- like depression until it erupted over a cliff- like
palisade of rock.