In The New Creationism (Garner 2009), I touched upon what life must have been like for Noah and his descendants after the global flood. The former world had been destroyed and they must have faced much that was unfamiliar. The landscape had been utterly transformed – lakes, rivers, mountains, and even the continents and oceans, were different. Furthermore, the upheaval of the flood had brought about ongoing geological and climatic instability. This was now a world of explosive volcanoes, devastating earthquakes and whirling hurricanes.
There was also rapid biological change as the baramins diversified to produce many new varieties and species. The horses are a good example. The fossil remains of about 150 species of horses are found buried in sediments laid down in post-flood times. A baraminological study suggests that these species belong to the same baramin, which means that they probably arose from one pair of ‘horses’ which Noah took on board the ark (Cavanaugh et al 2003).
For those who would like to learn more about the way in which creationists have been able to reconstruct the post-flood world based on the insights provided by the Bible and science, Kurt Wise gives a lovely overview in a talk entitled ‘The Post-Flood Period: The Arphaxadian Epoch’ – parts one, two and three. The October-December 2008 edition of Answers magazine also provides some helpful articles on similar themes – geologist John Whitmore on continuing catastrophes, biologist Todd Wood on horse fossils, and atmospheric physicist Larry Vardiman on post-flood climates.
Together these resources provide a fascinating insight into what must have been a wild time in the history of the earth.
Cavanaugh D. P., Wood T. C. and Wise K. P. 2003. Fossil Equidae: a monobaraminic, stratomorphic series, in: Ivey, R. L. Jr. (editor), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Creationism, Creation Science Fellowship, Pittsburgh, pp.143-153.
Garner P. A. 2009. The New Creationism: Building Scientific Theories on a Biblical Foundation. Evangelical Press, Darlington.
Vardiman L. 2008. A dark and stormy world. Answers 3(4):78-81.
Whitmore, J. 2008. Continuing catastrophes. Answers 3(4):70-72.
Wood T. C. 2008. Horse fossils and the nature of science. Answers 3(4):74-77.