Plate Tectonics

A theory in geology: the lithosphere of the earth is divided into a small number of plates which float on and travel independently over the mantle and much of the earth's seismic activity occurs at the boundaries of these plates.

The reason for developing the theory of plate tectonics by Creationists, was to answer our # 1 question: Where did all the water come from for Noah’s Flood? There had to be other hypotheses to consider other than a water canopy.

My understanding is that plate tectonics was actually first developed by evolutionists to provide a uniform context for the purpose of understanding mountain-building processes, volcanoes, and earthquakes as well as the evolution of Earth’s surface and reconstructing its past continents and oceans, through natural processes. Ex: “tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of years, to build a typical mountain range.”

Is Plate Tectonics a viable scientific hypothesis? Are there scientific reasons to reject it? Consider the following:

N. Christian Smoot, of the US Naval Oceanographic Office, who spent his entire career in the Ocean Survey Program, says in his book: “Tectonic Globaloney: Closing Arguments”: “Continental drift is a figment of overly active imaginations.” He is an evolutionist. He said he believes: “the purveyors of plate tectonics are the present-day snake oil salesmen.” (Not too kind!) He included the evolutionary scientists in that statement. Smoot, at one time, devoutly believed in plate tectonics. His years of observation, data gathering, and research changed his mind.

Scientists (N. Christian Smoot included), after years of studying and mapping the ocean floor, have concluded they have seen no evidence that subduction (the sideways and downward movement of the edge of a plate of the earth's crust into the mantle beneath another plate) occurs; and that seafloor spreading (the other of two key components of plate tectonics) does not occur.

The scientific problems related to plate tectonics are given in detail in: “THEORY OF PLATE TECTONICS REFUTED: AN EMBARRASSMENT TO SCIENCE?”

Problematic Conditions That Would Need to be Met, for Plate Tectonics to Be A Viable Hypothesis:

(1) A huge acceleration of nuclear decay.

(2) An expansion of the universe to 20 times its size to remove the heat produced

      from accelerated nuclear decay.

(3) Protection of the animals and people on the ark from the amazingly large

      amounts of radiation released by the accelerated nuclear decay.

(4) A reversal or slowing back down of the accelerated nuclear decay.

(5) A drop in temperature to initiate subduction.

(6) Confinement or localization of the temperature drop to continental edges.

(7) A miraculous timing of the onset of the temperature drop to the time of the


(8) A change of viscosity of the mantle to initiate subduction.

(9) A miraculous timing of the onset of the change of viscosity of the mantle to

      the time of the flood.

(10) A miraculous timing of the onset of the subduction to the time of the flood.

(11) A miraculous appearance of a moon-sized body at the time of the flood,

       captured by and orbiting the earth 6 times, to explain sedimentary strata.

(12) A miraculous removal of this moon-sized body after 6 orbits.

The previous information provided by the Triangle Association for the Science of Creation.