Hello my friends! Wow what an amazing week of rain we have had here in Arizona. Last night especially felt like we were in Oregon. It rained and poured most of the night! A good question to think about concerning the Ice Age is; what about the areas not under ice? Glaciation occurred over a portion of most continents. But for the most part, the majority of the continents remained ice free. So what was the climate like in those areas at that time?
Many areas around the world that are deserts today, were wet during the Ice Age. The Great Basin area, Death Valley, the Great Salt Lake area, the Dead Sea area and the Sahara desert just to name a few.
For example, simply by looking at the physical evidence/geology it is clear the area around the Great Salt Lake was once under water. As a matter of fact three shorelines are easily found. Scientists even have a name for the largest lake; Lake Bonneville. It was about eight times the size the Great Salt lake is today and 800 feet deep (today the salt lake is on average only 12 feet deep). Now that is a lot of water!
Another example is the Sahara desert. People and animals not only lived in that region, but thrived. There are thousands of pictographs of people, giraffes, hippos and other wetland animals. Here is a quote from James Wellard in his book, “The great Sahara” 1964, pgs 33, 34: “The Sahara is a veritable art gallery of prehistoric paintings…the evidence is enough to show that the Sahara was one of the well populated areas of the prehistoric world…Yet there is his [man’s] work in the most inaccessible corners of the desert,…literally thousands of figures of tropical and aquatic animals, enormous herds of cattle, hunters armed with bows and boomerang, and even “domestic” scenes of women and children and the circular huts in which they lived…”. How could the Sahara support such abundant life? Because during the Ice Age it was a well watered area.
In other places not populated by humans, we find thousands of aquatic animal fossils in (current) arid and semi-arid regions testifying to a wetter time period. “Larry Vardiman from the Institute for Creation Research has done some work with a simple climate model using a warm ocean and discovered many unique possibilities. These are suggestive of atmospheric patterns significantly different than today. Storm tracks, heavy precipitation belts, monsoons, and other climatic features would be unique to this Ice Age era.”[i] Two things we do know about Ice Age climate; warm oceanic waters caused greater evaporation and thus greater precipitation globally. Secondly, the weather patterns would be vastly different from what they are today. This combination is enough to sustain a high precipitation pattern in what is now our desert regions.
But would this precipitation be enough to create such huge lakes? Probably not. But remember, the Ice Age was brought about by the great Noachian flood. Much if not all of the lakes would have been filled from flood waters draining off the continents when the land rose (toward the end of the flood – see previous blog).
It would have been during deglaciation (about the last 200 years of the Ice Age) when the precipitation patterns would have changed again. We know a great drought throughout the world (just as the bible said – see previous blog) occurred, for very few people and certainly no aquatic animals now live in the desert regions. It is interesting (and brings a sense of security [at least to me]) to know that an Ice Age occurred due to the global flood and can explain wet deserts. Yet the secular, evolutionist, uniformitarian theory/model of many cold Ice Ages originating from mountains, has many flaws and unanswerable questions. As a matter of fact for evolutionists, the ice age(s) is classified as one of the great mysteries (what happened to the dinosaurs is another – see previous blogs).
I don’t know about you, but I find it completely satisfying (and relieving) that God is in charge! May the presence of our Lord Jesus be great throughout the week in all your lives!
God Bless and take care,
PS – Wednesday is the full moon, and Friday August 3rd begins the second half of summer as the summer triangle reaches its greatest zenith. “Face east and look almost straight up after nightfall. The brightest star there is Vega. Toward the northeast from Vega (by two or three fist-widths at arm's length) is Deneb. Toward the southeast from Vega by a greater distance is Altair.”