Meteor Craters and the Flood Year

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Meteor craters and the Flood year
I think that the young-earthers should consider what their theory means in relation to meteor impacts. Consider what one 300 m rock would mean:

"A huge meteor with the destructive power of 3,000 hydrogen bombs will skim past the Earth today in a cosmic encounter that has alarmed astronomers."

"Codenamed 1996 JA1, the 300 metre-wide chunk of rock was discovered only last Tuesday, suggesting that humanity may have just a few days' warning of disaster if a meteor turns out to be on a collision course." Robert Matthews, "Meteor pass will be a squeaker", Calgary Herald, Sunday, May 19, 1996, p. 1

Now, consider that we geoscientists have found lots of meteor craters in the fossil record. Many of them are much, much bigger than the crater which would be formed by that 300-m diameter chunk of rock mentioned above. Below is a list of the meteor craters we have found in the fossil record. They are not all the same geologic age and this means that they would have come in at slightly different periods during the flood. But the amazing thing is that most YECs who believe in a one-year global flood don't know that their belief system requires accepting that the earth was literally bombarded with millions of megatons of meteoric impacts during the period of time that the geologic column was laid down.

The old earther doesn't have a problem with this because he believes that the craters were deposited over 545 million years. But the YEC believes that all these craters were the remnants of impacts which occurred in only 1 year. Think what the ride Noah and company had with such large meteors raining down on their head!!!

Here is the list of meteor craters found in the geologic column. this is only a partial list--more comments below:

Terrestrial Impact Crater List

Acraman, Australia
32"1'S, 135"27'E
160.000 km
570.00 million years
36"15'N, 98"10'W
16.000 km
470.00 +- 30.00 million years
26"5'N, 4"23'E
0.450 km
100,000 years
Aouelloul, Mauritania
20"15'N, 12"41'W
0.390 km
3.10 +- 0.30 million years
Araguainha Dome
16"46'S, 52"59'W
40.000 km
249.00 +- 19.00 million years
71"15'N, 156"38'W
12.000 km
100.00 +- 5.00 million years
Azuara, Spain
41"10'N, 0"55'W
30.000 km
130.00 million years
B.P. Structure
25"19'N, 24"20'E
2.800 km
120.00 million years
Barringer, Arizona
35"2'N, 111"1'W
1.186 km
49,000 years
44"36'N, 113"0'W
60.000 km
600.00 million years
Bee Bluff
29"2'N, 99"51'W
2.400 km
40.00 million years
71"50'N, 123"30'E
8.000 km
65.00 million years
48"30'N, 82"0'E
7.000 km
6.00 +- 3.00 million year
Boltysh, Ukraine
48"45'N, 32"10'E
25.000 km
88.00 +- 3.00 million years
Bosumtwi, Ghana
6"32'N, 1"25'W
10.500 km
1.30 +- 0.2 million years
Boxhole, North Territory, Australia
22"37'S, 135"12'E
0.170 km
30,000 years
Brent, Ontario, Canada
46"5'N, 78"29'W
3.800 km
450.00 +- 30.00 million years
Campo Del Cielo, Argentina
27"38'S, 61"42'W
0.050 km
0 years
Carswell, Saskatchewan, Canada,
58"27'N, 109"30'W
39.000 km
115.00 +- 10.00 million years
Charlevoix, Canada,
47"32'N, 70"18'W
54.000 km
357.00 +- 15.00 million years
Chicxulub, Mexico
21"20'N, 89"30'W
300.000 km
64.98 +- 0.05 million years
49"10'N, 57"51'E
5.500 km
46.00 +- 7.00 million years
Clearwater Lake East, Quebec, Canada
56"5'N, 74"7'W
22.000 km
290.00 +- 20.00 million years
Clearwater Lake West, Quebec, Canada
56"13'N, 74"30'W
32.000 km
290.00 +- 20.00 million years
Connolly Basin, Australia
23"32'S, 124"45'E
9.000 km
60.00 million years
Crooked Creek, Missouri
37"50'N, 91"23'W
7.000 km
320.00 +- 80.00 million years
Dalgaranga, West Australia
27"45'S, 117"5'E
0.021 km
30,000 years
Decaturville, Missouri
37"54'N, 92"43'W
6.000 km
300.00 million years
Deep Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada
56"24'N, 102"59'W
13.000 km
100.00 +- 50.00 million years
Dellen, Sweden
61"55'N, 16"39'E
15.000 km
110.00 +- 2.70 million years
Des Plaines, Illinois
42"3'N, 87"52'W
8.000 km
280.00 million years
56"35'N, 23"15'E
4.500 km
300.00 +- 35.00 million years
Eagle Butte
49"42'N, 110"35'W
19.000 km
65.00 million years
El'Gygytgyn, Russia
67"30'N, 172"5'E
18.000 km
3.50 +- 0.50 million years
Flynn Creek, Tennessee
36"17'N, 85"40'W
3.550 km
360.00 +- 20.00 million years
60"39'N, 9"0'E
5.000 km
500.00 +- 10.00 million years
Glasford, Illinois
40"36'N, 89"47'W
4.000 km
430.00 million years
Glover Bluff
43"58'N, 89"32'W
3.000 km
500.00 million years
Goat Paddock
18"20'S, 126"40'E
5.100 km
50.00 million years
Gosses Bluff, North Territory, Australia
23"50'S, 132"19'E
22.000 km
142.50 +- 0.50 million years
Gow Lake, Canada
56"27'N, 104"29'W
4.000 km
250.00 million years
48"21'N, 40"14'E
3.500 km
65.00 million years
Haughton, Canada
75"22'N, 89"41'W
20.5 km
21.5 +- 1.00 million years
37"35'N, 99"10'W
0.015 km
0 years
Henbury, North Territory, Australia
24"35'S, 133"9'E
0.157 km
10,000 years
Holleford, Ontario, Canada
44"28'N, 76"38'W
2.350 km
550.00 +- 100.00 million years
Ile Rouleau
50"41'N, 73"53'W
4.000 km
300.00 million years
57"58'N, 25"25'E
0.080 km
0 years
49"6'N, 29"12'E
4.500 km
395.00 +- 5.00 million year
Janisjarvi, Russia
61"58'N, 30"55'E
14.000 km
698.00 +- 22.00 million years
58"24'N, 22"40'E
0.110 km
0 +- 0 years
Kaluga, Russia
54"30'N, 36"15'E
15.000 km
380.00 +- 10.00 million years
48"20'N, 40"15'E
25.000 km
65.00 +- 2.00 million years
Kara, Russia
69"5'N, 64"18'E
65.000 km
73.00 +- 3.00 million years
Kara-Kul, USSR
39"1'N, 73"27'E
52.000 km
25.00 million years
58"59'N, 22"40'E
4.000 km
455.00 million years
54"54'N, 48"0'E
12.000 km
10.00 million years
Kelly West
19"56'S, 133"57'E
10.000 km
550.00 million years
Kentland, Indiana
40"45'N, 87"24'W
13.000 km
300.00 million years
51"40'N, 36"0'E
5.500 km
250.00 +- 80.00 million years
Lac Couture, Quebec, Canada
8.000 km
430.00 +- 25.00 million years
Lac La Moinerie, Canada
57"26'N, 66"37'W
8.000 km
400.00 +- 50.00 million years
Lappajarvi, Finland
63"9'N, 23"42'E
17.000 km
77.30 +- 0.40 million years
Lawn Hill
18"40'S, 138"39'E
18.000 km
515.00 million years
12"24'S, 134"3'E
1.600 km
150.00 +- 70.00 million years
63"0'N, 14"48'E
7.000 km
540.00 +- 10.00 million years
Logancha, Russia
65"30'N, 95"48'E
20.000 km
25.00 +- 20.00 million years
54"12'N, 27"48'E
17.000 km
40.00 +- 5.00 million years
Lonar, India
19"59'N, 76"31'E
1.830 km
52,000 +- 10,000 years
59"59'N, 118"0'E
0.300 km
10,000 years
Manicouagan, Quebec, Canada
51"23'N, 68"42'W
100.000 km
212.00 +- 1.00 million years
Manson, Iowa
42"35'N, 94"31'W
35.000 km
65.70 +- 1.00 million years
31"17'N, 96"18'W
22.000 km
58.00 +- 2.00 million years
Middlesboro, Kentucky
36"37'N, 83"44'W
6.000 km
300.00 million years
Mien, Sweden
56"25'N, 14"52'E
9.000 km
121.00 +- 2.30 million years
54"0'N, 23"54'E
5.000 km
395.00 +- 145.00 million years
Mishina Gora
58"40'N, 28"0'E
4.000 km
360.00 million years
Mistastin, Labrador, Canada
55"53'N, 63"18'W
28.000 km
38.00 +- 4.00 million years
42"53'N, 64"13'W
45.000 km
50.50 +- 0.76 million years
Monturaqui, Chile
23"56'S, 68"17'W
0.460 km
1.00 million years
52"29'N, 16"54'E
0.100 km
10,000 years
New Quebec, Quebec, Canada
61"17'N, 73"40'W
3.440 km
1.40 +- 0.10 million years
Nicholson Lake, Canada
62"40'N, 102"41'W
12.500 km
400.00 million years
24"35'N, 24"24'E
11.500 km
120.00 million years
49"30'N, 32"55'E
15.000 km
215.00 +- 25.00 million years
Odessa, Texas
31"45'N, 102"29'W
0.168 km
50,000 years
Ouarkziz, Algeria
29"0'N, 7"33'W
3.500 km
70.00 million years
17"32'S, 128"25'E
7.000 km
360.00 million years
Pilot Lake, Canada
60"17'N, 111"1'W
5.80 km
445.00 +- 2.00 million years
71"30'N, 111"0'E
100.000 km
35.00 +- 5.00 million years
49"43'N, 78"48'W
12.000 km
500.00 million years
Pretoria Salt Pan, South Africa
25"24'S, 28"5'E
1.130 km
200,000 years
57"6'N, 43"35'E
80.000 km
220.00 +- 10.00 million years
Ragozinka, Russia
58"18'N, 62"0'E
9.000 km
55.00 +- 5.00 million years
Red Wing
47"36'N, 103"33'W
9.000 km
200.00 +- 25.00 million years
Riachao Ring
7"43'S, 46"39'W
4.500 km
200.00 million years
Ries, Germany
48"53'N, 10"37'E
24.000 km
14.8 +- 1.00 million years
Rio Cuarto
30"52'S, 64"14'W
4.500 km
100,000 years
Rochechouart, France
45"50'N, 0"56'E
23.000 km
186.00 +- 8.00 million years
Roter Kamm, Namibia
27"46'S, 16"18'E
2.500 km
5.0 +- 0.30 million years
49"0'N, 32"0'E
2.700 km
140.00 +- 20.00 million years
Saaksjarvi, Finland
61"24'N, 22"24'E
5.000 km
514.00 +- 12.00 million years
Saint Martin, Canada
51"47'N, 98"32'W
40.000 km
220.0 +- 32.00 million years
Serpent Mound, Ohio
39"2'N, 83"24'W
6.40 km
320.00 million years
Serra Da Cangalha
8"5'S, 46"52'W
12.000 km
300.00 million years
Shunak, Kazakhstan
47"12'N, 72"42'E
3.100 km
12.00 +- 5.00 million years
Sierra Madera, Texas
30"36'N, 102"55'W
13.000 km
100.00 million years
Sikhote Alin, USSR
46"7'N, 134"40'E
0.027 km
0 years
Siljan, Sweden
61"2'N, 14"52'E
55.000 km
368.00 +- 1.10 million years
Slate Islands
48"40'N, 87"0'W
30.000 km
350.00 million years
46"18'N, 138"52'E
0.053 km
0 years
Soderfjarden, Finland
63"0'N, 21"35'E
6.000 km
550.00 million years
Spider, Australia
16"44'S, 126"5'E
13.000 km
570.00 million years
Steen River, Canada
59"31'N, 117"37'W
25.000 km
95.00 +- 7.00 million years
Steinheim, Germany
48"40'N, 10"4'E
3.800 km
14.80 +- 0.70 million years
15"12'S, 133"35'E
25.000 km
470.00 million years
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
46"36'N, 81"11'W
200.000 km
1850.00 +- 3.00 million years
44"6'N, 109"36'E
1.300 km
3.00 million years
Talemzane, Algeria
33"19'N, 4"2'E
1.750 km
3.00 million years
Teague, Australia
25"52'S, 120"53'E
30.000 km
1685.00 +- 5.00 million years
Tenoumer, Mauritania
22"55'N, 10"24'W
1.900 km
2.50 +- 0.50 million years
48"1'N, 33"5'E
12.000 km
280.00 +- 10.00 million years
Tin Bider
27"36'N, 5"7'E
6.000 km
70.00 million years
27"0'S, 143"0'E
55.000 km
128.00 +- 5.00 million years
58"46'N, 17"25'E
2.000 km
0 years
Upheaval Dome, Utah
38"26'N, 109"54'W
5.000 km
65.00 million years
69"18'N, 65"18'E
25.000 km
73.00 +- 3.00 million years
Vargeao Dome
26"50'S, 52"7'W
12.000 km
70.00 million years
22"58'S, 125"22'E
0.080 km
1.00 million years
55"6'N, 24"36'E
8.000 km
160.00 +- 30.00 million years
Vredefort, South Africa
27"0'S, 27"30'E
140.000 km
1970.00 +- 100.00 million years
Wabar, Arabia
21"30'N, 50"28'E
0.097 km
10,000 +- 0 years
Wanapitei Lake, Canada
46"45'N, 80"45'W
7.500 km
37.00 +- 2.00 million years
Wells Creek, Tennessee
36"23'N, 87"40'W
14.000 km
200.00 +- 100.00 million years
West Hawk Lake, Canada
49"46'N, 95"11'W
3.150 km
100.00 +- 50.00 million years
Wolfe Creek, West Australia
19"18'S, 127"46'E
0.875 km
300,000 years
49"44'N, 29"0'E
4.000 km
115.00 +- 10.00 million years
Zeleny Gai
48"42'N, 32"54'E
2.500 km
120.00 +- 20.00 million years
Zhamanshin, Kazakhstan
48"24'N, 60"58'E
13.500 km
900,000 +- 100,000 years


Pilkington, M. and R. A. F. Grieve, "The Geophysical Signature of Terrestrial Impact Craters." Reviews of Geophysics, May 1992, vol. 30, pp. 161-181.

Chesapeake Bay Location 37° 16.5"N 76° 7" W Diameter 90 km (6400 km square crater area) 1.3 km deep ge 35.3-35.5 myr, C. Wylie Poag, "The Chesapeake Bay Bolide Impact: A Convulsive Event in Atlantic Coastal Plain Evolution," Sedimentary Geology 180(1997):45-90

"In so far as the age of the Woodleigh impact is constrained between the Early Permian and Early Jurassic, given the likely environmental consequences of an impact of this magnitude, it is possible that this event correlates with one of the two major extinctions during this time span, i.e., the end-Triassic (214 Ma) extinctions or the Permian-Triassic boundary (247 Ma) extinction." Arthur J. Mory et al, "Woodleigh, Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia: a New 120 Km Diameter Impact Structure", Earth and Planetary Science Letters 177(2000):119-128, p. 127

"A 2.020 +/- 0.003 GA meteorite impact pierced the ~10-km-thick sedimentary and volcanic rocks of the 3.07 to 2.5 Ga Witwatersrand Basin forming a 300-km diameter impact crater. Isostatic recovery in the center of the Vredefort impact structure overturned and exposed the lower basin strata and underlying crystalline basement, the latter to paleodepths of at least 20 km. Recent discovery of 3.5 to 3.3 Ga mantle rocks at the center of the basement uplift further supports the interpretation that the 37-km-thick crust has been turned on edge." D. E. Moser, R. M. Flowers and R. J. Hart, "Birth of the Kaapvaal Tectosphere 3.08 Billion Years Ago", Science 291(2001):465-468, p. 466

The Vredefort has shock metamorphism

"We determined the primary ages of shock-metamorphosed zircon grains from two sites using techniques described elsewhere." D. E. Moser, R. M. Flowers and R. J. Hart, "Birth of the Kaapvaal Tectosphere 3.08 Billion Years Ago", Science 291(2001):465-468, p. 466-467

Here is an explanation of the effects of large meteor impacts.

"Computer models of explosions with energies of 1,000 megatons--about 20 times the energy of the largest nuclear bombs but only 1/100,000 the energy of the KT impact--have shown that the fireball never reaches pressure equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere. Instead, as the fireball expands to altitudes where the density of the atmosphere declines significantly, its rise accelerates and the gas leaves the atmosphere at velocities fast enough to escape the earth's gravitational field. The fireball from an even greater asteroid impact would simply burst out the top of the atmosphere, carrying any entrained ejecta with it, sending the material into orbits that could carry it anywhere on the earth."

"The impact of a comet-size body on the earth, creating a crater 150 kilometers in diameter, would clearly kill everything within sight of the fireball." Walter Alvarez and Frank Asaro, "An Extraterrestrial Impact", Scientific American, Oct. 1990, p. 80-82

[Note to the reader. The fellow named Socrates, remored to be a well known YEC leader was, at this time, denigrating the fact that I only have a bachelors of physics, claiming that only people like, him, who have Ph.D.s were capable of discussing such facts. Thus, I sarcastically added this to my posting. For an exampls search on Socrates at

Of course, I apologize to everyone for only having a Bachelors in Physics. I am so ashamed of this, I can hardly speak. But please forgive my lack of having a Ph. D.

Thus, having apologized for my B. S. degree, respondents don't need to mention my qualifications when they present their coherent explanations of how Noah survived such a rain of fire from the sky.

Ok, it is the turn for the Young-earthers to explain the data. How did Noah survive megatons of impacts occurring in a one year period?????