Friday, March 20, 2009

Creation-based Nature Study

The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Psalm 14:2

We so often stand in awe by the beauty in the heavens and earth but I must admit, there is also a particular thrill in seeing "scientific" evidence that points to our Creator. Thus it was when we traipsed through the limestone bed creeks recently while at the Jahncke's in Iowa. Following is in response to Jemimah's comment on our last post from my guest host, Maxim (6).


Dear Jemimah,
The sea lily (crinoid) isn't actually a plant but is really an animal. It's really related to the star fish, the sea cucumber, and the sea urchin. Fossils are plants and bones and other animals that were drowned or buried in Noah's Flood.

As you'll see here, we found them in Iowa. If you go to Iowa on vacation for seven days or something guess what you'll find...fossils, of course!

I hope you had fun at your grandma's!

Love from your friend,
Max


This will give you an idea of the size of the sea lily stems we found.


The sea-lily fossils we found were once soft bodied organisms. This means they would have been buried with the limey mud quite quickly since they had not decayed. We also found a number of closed fossilized clams in the limestone, meaning the deposit was made so rapidly that the clams didn't have time to open up or break in two (compare with shells of bi-valves you find on the beach). This is exciting to us as they seem to fit perfectly with the flood spoken of in Genesis! -Max's mom

p.s. There are beautiful pictures of whole sea-lily fossils you may want to explore on the internet. We weren't sure about copyright so we didn't put any here.

2 comments:

Trinity Mommy said...

What a lovely nature study! I need to be more purposeful regarding nature study... its great to see everyone else's idea's!

Jeanne said...

Dear Max,

I know what a fossil is because I have got one at home.

Mine is a fossilised Sand Dollar. The amazing thing about it is that it was found in a vinyard in Cognac in France, miles and miles from the sea. This means that the flood was there too!

Even though the flood was thousands of years ago, we found it only a couple of years ago.

I will try to get Mummy to put a photo of it onto our blog soon for you.

I don't think we will be going to Iowa for our holiday, but we will be going to Bhutan. We have seen pictures and videos of Bhutan on the Internet.

Love from Jemimah