Since the proposal of the idea of uniformity by Charles Lyell in the early 1800's, geologists have struggled to explain polystrate fossils. Polystrate (poly means many; strate means layers) is a fossil encased not in a single layer of strata but in multiple layers.Uniformity, advocates that the "present is the key to the past", describes each layer of strata being laid down over extensive periods of time. The problem with each layer taking so long to form is that most fossils found in these layers would decay prior to the forming of the next layer. Many trees have been found fossilized in a vertical position through layers of coal, sandstone, and other sediments. Certainly, the trees would have decayed if millions of years had occurred between the different strata.
One of the best places to see buried forests is Specimen Ridge in Yellowstone National Park, in Montana. There you will find a succession of petrified tree layers. In France, they discovered polystrate fossil trees upside down extending through many layers of strata. Stop and think of it a minute: Would a vertical tree die and stand for a half a million years while rock strata gradually covers it? Yet we find polystrate trees in the strata and even in coal beds.
Geologists fail to accept that the only reasonable explanation of polystrate fossils is that the layers formed quickly around plant and animal life before they had time to decay. This seems to correspond with the Biblical account of the worldwide flood, doesn't it?
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