The Biblical Flood was the most challenging essay I’ve written. It took me much exhausting research to put together the pieces of what I saw as a complicated puzzle. I was happy with everything I’d written until recently, because I’m now convinced there is a much better theory for how animals reached various parts of the Globe following the Flood. Below is one paragraph from the essay as it used to be, and below that is the new paragraph that now replaces it. And if you read the whole essay as it now is, you’ll read a minor change in the next paragraph to make it fit with the one before it.
You may be wondering how animals made it to continents separated by water after the Flood. One possibility is they made it there the same way animals made their way to many islands. Volcanic islands are formed when the magma from underwater volcanoes cools and solidifies to gradually build up land. Coral islands are made up of the skeletons of tiny sea creatures. And barrier islands are formed when waves and wind pile up sediment that was worn away from banks by streams and rivers. These three kinds of islands originally had no life on them. Plant seeds arrived by way of bird droppings, the wind and waves. Small animals might have been carried there on logs or other debris. One theory is that tsunamis formed rafts from twigs and branches. As for large animals, they can be taken anywhere by boat. It’s far from impossible for animals to make their way to places separated by the ocean.
You may be wondering how animals made it to continents separated by water after the Flood. Well, they weren’t entirely separated by water at first. A lot of land, including most of Canada and the northern United States, was once covered in ice caps that would have raised the sea level when melting. The sea level has been rising for thousands of years; it’s nothing new. Scientists have their theories as to what caused an everywhere-tropical Earth to form so much ice, but the evidence suggests a supernatural cataclysmic event. The temperature change on Earth was so sudden that animals were frozen while standing on their feet, eating. Among those animals are preserved mammoths in the Siberian tundra where it’s still very cold, though not near as cold as it must have been when they were frozen. Undigested vegetation was found in their mouths and stomachs, and this vegetation doesn’t grow in Siberia today. It grows thousands of miles to the south where the warmer climate can support it. There was clearly a rapid climate change in Earth’s past, so rapid it defies reason. Now the ice it formed is still melting, covering more land as it flows into the oceans, as it has been for thousands of years.