Monday, February 23, 2015


Hello all you fine folks out there! So good to hear from you and get some feed back.Thanks for the words of encouragement--glad you like my blog! 

And speaking of blogs…it rhymes with bog, and that will get us going today. Lol! So by the title, you can see we are going to delve into some seriously interesting info. But first let me clarify a few things…
Dinosaur tracks in coal ceiling. The one on the left is the largest found measuring 4 ½ feet in length
with a stride of 12 feet. 

What exactly is a bog. When someone talks about a bog they are speaking of peat bogs. Peat bogs, or swamps, have dense, extensive vegetation growing in them on shallow or higher grounds. As this biomass decays it collects in the stagnant water. It deteriorates and has a “coffee ground” type texture. Roots of trees and other vegetation and even animal burrows extend throughout the bogs. 

Secular scientists believe that bogs were the precursor to coal. However there are some problems with this theory. First, the matrix of coal is very fine grained (not coffee textured) and tend to surround abundant sheets of altered bark giving coal a layered look. Very infrequently are roots present (as opposed to bogs with extensive roots and animal burrows present). Also coal seams have an unusual constant thickness with bark sheets that are correspond to the width and height of a tree. “Often a knife-edge contact between the coal and the layers above and below can be seen. Most often the adjacent layers are shale or limestone, both "marine" deposits which necessitate quite a different environment of deposition from a terrestrial swamp. 

“...[there is a]  sharp contact between the coal and the adjacent layers. If a swamp existed above sea level, but then was inundated by the sea to receive overlying marine sediments, then uplifted to become a swamp again, and the cycle repeated, one would think there would be some erosional channels or variation in peat thickness? How could they be so flat and of constant thickness, and how could there be such precise contacts above and below?”1 What happened to all the erosion during the millions of years it took to form?

Like I said, big problems. A more reasonable explanation is great masses of decaying plant material that collected in large floating mats during the great Noachian Flood sank and compressed into coal. 

So how did dinosaur tracks get into the coal? Let’s take a closer look…

When the global flood occurred, the whole earth did not become covered with water immediately. As a matter of fact, Genesis 7:17-24 tells us “For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.”

Scripture says the waters increased and the ark floated. Thus the waters took awhile to cover the earth. So as the waters covered the earth, there would have been tides and title waves that would cover the high lands and then expose it again until finally everything was covered in water. So as the dinosaurs ran over spongy beds of decaying vegetation they would have left footprints. Then due to the movement of the waters as described above, the footprints
would become filled with sand and marine deposits. Fairly rapidly, thousands of feet of additional decaying sediment were laid down and compressed by additional hundreds of feet of marine deposits which became the shale and limestone found surrounding coal. 

So the sand and/or marine deposits that settled within the dinosaur tracks were compressed and solidified into sand or limestone. As people mined the coal following seams, the lime stone tracks would protrude downward from the ceiling into the mine tunnel. When geologists brushed away the coal residue, the white sand or limestone that filled the original track became exposed leaving an awe inspiring worm’s eye view of some of the last animals to stay alive form the Former World. Tracks of hadrosaurs, albertosaurs, ceratosaurs, theropods, and dinosauropodes, and more have all been identified.

These tracks are so numbers in places that after miners had been
seriously injured or even killed, some of the tracks have been bolted to the ceilings to keep them from falling. Many have been taken out of the mine roofs for safety reasons and miners take home the smaller ones to use as door stops! 

What a way to preserve history! God thinks of everything! =)

Until next time,
Willow Dressel

This week in the night skies: for the northern lats... Saturday, February 28 Early this evening, the dark limb of the waxing gibbous Moon will occult (cover) the 3.6-magnitude star Lambda Geminorum for North America east of the Mississippi and north of the deepest South.
Some times: central Massachusetts, 8:00 p.m. EST; Washington DC, 7:56 p.m. EST; Chicago, 6:31 p.m. CST (in twilight); Kansas City, 6:21 p.m. CST (in twilight). See map and detailed timetables of both the disappearance and the (unobservable) reappearance; be careful not to mix these up when scrolling down the table.”2

For the everyone; the first quarter moon in Thursday February 26.


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