Original “Brexit”

If you’ve ever wondered how Britain first became an island, here is one idea that supports a catastrophic flooding scenario. While the time estimates for its occurrence have not been adequately explained, it is undeniable that the geology and hydrologic forces at work were more than sufficient to cause the rupture of Britain from the rest of northwestern mainland Europe. This topic has been one of contentious debate for decades but recent studies now vindicate a hypothesis of catastrophic flooding rather than slow and gradual erosion over millions and millions of years. While we may disagree on the time estimates in the study, the authors and I do agree on the likely mechanism. The link to the entire study is found at the bottom of this post.

Lake spillover is thought to have released a significant megaflood into a subaerial English Channel. An extensive network of bedrock-eroded valleys in the central English Channel shows morphologies characteristic of erosion by high magnitude flood flows, and has been interpreted as a consequence of catastrophic drainage of a pro-glacial lake.

The lake refers to a preglacial lake, supposedly formed in the wake of retreating glaciers and the pooling of water that eventually crested over the natural land bridge, leading to its collapse and subsequent megaflood which formed the English channel. Exactly how or when this preglacial lake formed is debatable, but (if you’ve read my previous posts on The Flood) I believe glaciers were the result of immensely strong winds, both low and high altitude, which drove the Flood waters away towards opposite poles where it eventually froze up and became the vast ice shelves we see today.

The authors and I disagree on the timing of the flooding; they surmise the glacier melting caused the lake which caused the flood, while I believe the floodwaters became the glaciers which left pock-mark shaped lakes as they retreated to opposite poles. This can actually be observed if one looks at the topography of northern Canada and Siberia, where hundreds of lakes dot the landscape as you travel north. Most of these lakes are also frozen year-round and contain vast reserves of freshwater, not salty seawater. 

Our preferred interpretation is that these represent bedrock-eroded longitudinal lineations developed by high-magnitude flood flows similar to erosional lineations observed in the Channeled Scabland of western Washington State, USA. Taken together, the presence of a linear bedrock-eroded channel with associated cataracts, deep scours and streamlined islands indicate that erosion of the Lobourg Channel was achieved by high-magnitude flood flows through the Strait.

It is interesting that the authors reference the Channeled Scabland in the state of Washington, as researchers recently concluded they these also were formed by devastating hydrological events and not by slow, gradual erosion. This is also one of the latest interpretations for the Grand Canyon formation and several other geologic formations that, several decades ago, was “settled science” in that they are the result of millions of years’ worth of erosion.

Everywhere we look with an open mind we can see the results of catastrophic flooding processes and not long ages of constant, slow erosion. The fact that all of the world’s fossils are products of a sudden, devastating watery death and subsequent burial of animal and plant life should be proof that at one time, all of the Earth’s surface was inundated with a vast amount of churning water.

Scientists may not feel comfortable admitting this fits with a Biblical interpretation of a literal worldwide flood, but I believe the evidence is overwhelming and in total support of this view. Everything from the fossil layers down to the fossil fuel we are drilling for on a daily basis is the result of either countless megafloods that occurred millions of years ago, or one giant life-ending cataclysm of water that changed the world forever. We choose which version to believe.

http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15101