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Liquefaction, little known and poorly understood phenomenon

Ayers Rock was created by liquefaction
Ayers Rock was created by liquefaction
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Liquefaction occurs whenever water is forced up through loose sediments with enough pressure to lift the topmost sedimentary particles. Examples of liquefaction is quicksand, earthquakes, and wave action.

Quicksand : Is a simple example of liquefaction. Spring fed water flowing up through sand creates quicksand. The water flowing upwards through the sand lift the grains very slightly. the water gives a cushioning effect and gives the sand a spongy, fluid-like texture. But contrary to Hollywood films, a person or animal stepping into deep quicksand will not sink out of sight forever. At first they will quickly sink in but only so far. Buoyancy will take over and lift the person like a person floating in a swimming pool. Quicksand buoyancy is almost twice that of water.

Earthquakes : Liquefaction is frequently seen during and even minutes after, earthquakes. Levin describes it as follows: "Often during earthquakes, fine-grained water saturated sediments may lose their former strength and form into a thick mobile mud-like material. The process is called liquefaction. The liquefaction sediment not only moves about beneath the surface but may also rise through fissures and erupt as mud volcanoes (Harold L. Levin, "Contemporary Physical Geology", 2nd edition, New York: Saunders College Publishing, 1986, p.251). The earthquakes of 1964 in Alaska and 1989 in San Francisco, California resulted from liquefaction.

Wave Action: Wave action during the global flood was a gigantic example of liquefaction. These gigantic tsunamis would of radiated out from the floor of the ocean. This massive liquefaction would of rapidly sorted sediments, plants, and animals during the flood. Indeed, the worldwide presence of sorted fossils and sedimentary layers hows that a gigantic global flood occurred. This massive liquefaction also left other diagnostic features such as cross-bedded sandstone, plumes, mounds, and fossilized footprints.

Liquefaction plumes can be found in Kodachrome Basin State Reserve in south-central Utah, ten miles east of Bryce Canyon National Park. Liquefaction mounds can be found in the basin of former Grand Lake which when was breached carved out the Grand Canyon. Ayers Rock, a popular tourist attraction in central Australia is 225 miles southwest of Alice Springs has the characteristic of a broad liquefaction plume and a liquefaction mound. Ayers Rock rises 1,140 feet from the desert floor and has a perimeter of 5.6 miles.

But where did all the water come from? Genesis 7:11 says, "In the six hundreth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventh day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened". The hydroplate theory explains this as a consequence of a sudden, unrepeatable event, a global flood whose waters erupted from interconnected worldwide subterranean chambers with an energy release exceeding the explosion of over 300 trillion hydrogen bombs. These great fountains of water blasted into the atmosphere at supersonic speed. Much of the water fragmented into a ocean of droplets that fell as rain great distances away. This produced torrential rains such as the earth has never experienced, before or after.

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