Carbon Release to Atmosphere 10 Times Faster Than in the Past, Geologists Find
ScienceDaily (June 5, 2011) — The rate of release of carbon into the atmosphere today is nearly 10 times as fast as during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), 55.9 million years ago, the best analog we have for current global warming, according to an international team of geologists.1
These investigations are based on interpreting core samples from the bottom of the ocean but paleoclimate reconstructions of the alleged warm Early-Tertiary period are problematic.
First, they are partly based on circular reasoning, in that geologists will sometimes date a Tertiary paleoflora or paleofauna on its probable temperature preference.2 In other words, they assume the warm trend to arrange the evidence in a pattern that supposedly proves the warm trend.
Second, the scientists ignored the most significant event in world history—the global Flood, which occurred around 4,500 years ago. These sediments do not provide an analogue for the present climate situation on the earth because they were deposited during the recessive stage of the Flood, within a period of less than a year.2 As the waters receded from the continents, sedimentation occurred mostly at the edges of the continents on the shelves and on the newly forming ocean floor.
To interpret such rapidly deposited sediments as 55.9 million years old and representing progressive environments over long periods of time will yield wrong conclusions.3 And that is going to lead to wrong policy responses.
In other words, an appreciation of biblical geology is vital to properly understand our world today.
- Oard, M.J., Is the K/T the post-flood boundary? part 2: paleoclimates and fossils, Journal of Creation 24(3):87–93, 2010.
- Beware of paleoenvironmental deductions
- Microscopy of Pollen and Spore Taxa from the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, November 12, 2010. Transmitted light microscopy photos by Maria Carolina Vargas, Colombian Petroleum Institute.