But, how could such a small creek carve such an enormous gorge into a rocky plateau that is capped by 300 metres of hard basalt? Rather than question the story, the paradox becomes a source of wonder. Marvel at the power of water; ponder the immensity of geological time.
Perhaps we need to think outside the box.
One excellent tool at our fingertips these days is Google maps. We can look at geographic features anywhere in the world. As we zoom in and out we gain a perspective that has not been available to earlier generations. When we look at Carnarvon Gorge with Google Maps (above figure) we can see the size of the gorge in relation to the rest of the landscape.
The major problem Google reveals with the conventional story is rainfall. Google shows that the gorge is a huge erosional feature carved into the countryside, but it also reveals that the rainfall catchment is not particularly large. It’s not much larger than the Gorge itself (figure). And the rainfall in the area is not particularly high, less than 1000 mm per year on average.
The more we look the more the evidence suggests that a lot more water was involved in eroding the Gorge than Carnarvon Creek could provide. But where would that come from? The suggestion that Carnarvon Gorge was carved during the retreating stage of Noah’s Flood makes a lot of sense. The water today in Carnarvon Creek is miniscule compared with the water that ran off the country at that time.
Carnarvon Gorge, Australia: monument to Noah’s Flood
Carnarvon Gorge rises above the waters of Noah’s Flood
Rainfall catchment for Carnarvon Gorge is not large enough
Carnarvon Gorge was carved in two stages
Landscape around Carnarvon Gorge was eroded in sheets by retreating floodwaters
Carnarvon Creek flows through a water gap carved during Noah’s Flood
The geological history of Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland, Australia, from a biblical Flood perspective