|How do coal beds fit with a young earth view?
|Coal is usually found in layers which requires the practice of strip mining for its removal. Evolutionists claim that coal formed in swamps during the Carboniferous period about 250 million years ago. However, coal layers at various depths, with strata layers between, often have coal seams which connect the upper layer to the lower. Evolutionists can’t explain this.
Dr. Steven Austin of ICR postulated a theory which fits the evidence. During a global flood, large mats of vegetation floated on the surface, dropping the layers of plant debris which were quickly buried by flood- deposited sediments. The connecting coal seam formed at the point where the mat course changed due to tides, winds, etc.
In addition, Carbon 14 (which is measured in carbon dating) should decay away in less than 50,000 to 200,000 years. Yet coal, which is said to be 5,000 times this old, has never been found without C-14 in it. The evidence indicates that coal was formed in a recent worldwide flood.