An Antarctic Forest

Romans 8:38-39

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Antarctica map

As we learn more about the history of our planet, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the Earth has had many faces over its history. Remains of tropical forests have been found within 400 miles of the North Pole. Dinosaurs once lived in the tropical lushness of Alaska. At one time you could even walk to Australia from Asia.

It’s also been known for some time that the great Antarctic continent was once much warmer than it is today. However, only recently have we learned that the frozen wastelands of Antarctica were forested hills n ot very long ago. In the 1980’s the remains of a forest were discovered along the Transarctic Mountains. The forest stretched over an area of 1,300 kilometers. When the Antarctic forest was growing, the mountainous area looked like the fjords of Chile and Norway. Scientists have continued looking for evidences of the animals that might have lived in the forest.

How long ago did the forest grow where there is now only ice and snow? Scientists have found wood from the forest. It’s not very fossilized. In fact, it still floats and it can be burned. Scientists who typically assign great ages to the Earth say that the evidence now says that the changes that took place in Antarctica happened much more rapidly than they once thought.

Our Earth is dynamic, changing much more rapidly than most ever thought. That is, unless one has believed the catastrophic history of the Earth recorded in the Bible.