07 February 2012
The nature of God's Creation is sheer beauty - especially in Texas. OK, I might be just a little biased since so much of my life has been spent in Texas, but like New Mexico, this state has beauty few know about. It's like Texas has a 'secret' and little-by-little, people from other states discover it. For instance...
One of the more beautiful parts of Texas is the Texas Hill Country, near San Antonio. The Texas Hill Country is located in central Texas and features many wonderful geological surprises.
In the summer of 2002, a record amount of rain fell in the Hill Country and overfilled nearby Canyon Lake. The abundant water spilled over the dam, causing erosion downstream. The outcome of that storm is an area now called Canyon Lake Gorge, a place with deep, wide, steep-walled canyons carved through the limestone bedrock.
Scientists study the rock formations, fossils, and sediment in other, more famous canyons, such as Grand Canyon. And while some scientists believe it took the Colorado River millions of years to carve through the strata and erode Grand Canyon, other scientists notice other features that don’t seem to fit that story.
Pointing out that the erosion style and character are not compatible with river erosion, they have begun to look to more recent canyons of known origin for a better way of thinking. Is there another explanation? A better explanation?
In 1982, just 2 years after Mount St. Helens erupted, another seismic episode in the area shook loose the unstable rock near the crater and caused a fast-moving mudflow that quickly carved a canyon near the mountain’s base. That canyon has been called “The Little Grand Canyon,” because it is a 1/40th scale model of Grand Canyon.
Through these two events and others, scientists are coming to better realize how larger canyons, like Grand Canyon, could be quickly carved in a massive catastrophic event, such as the global Flood of Noah’s day.
Where is your favorite outdoor place to visit to marvel at God’s beautiful, recent creation? This is just one of mine.