Well, I have had quite a number of discussions with Creationists and Christians about this great biblical flood. From this, I have seen a level of ignorance so immense in scale that it can only ever be categorized as intentional and willful ignorance. Anything science is seen as a conspiracy by these few some, those to whom believe the bible to be a book of truth. Many seem to have no education in geology, plate tectonics, or even a basic understanding of thermodynamics. Though we can’t expect everyone to know everything, as I surely don’t myself, we can expect people to at least not be willfully ignorant. So this article deals specifically with those people who literally believe the Biblical Flood occurred. This to where every living thing on the face of the Earth was drowned or killed, and where the waters magically rose above all the mountains to where the whole of the Earth was under water. More specifically 25 feet above the highest mountain!. We have two Newsviners that I know of to whom believe this to be true. Out of respect, I will not name them, but they will know who they are. So let’s first address the bible:
19 The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains q]”>[q]everywhere under the heavens were covered. 20 The water prevailed fifteen r]”>[r]cubits higher (roughly 25 ft), Q)”>(Q)and the mountains were covered.
As we can see the claims in the bible are using terms not associated with metaphors. It’s claiming something to be true or factual as if the mountains were indeed submerged in water to which had risen 25 feet above their highest peak (Mt Everest). That’s 29,054 feet (roughly). This might have been 20-75 feet shorter 3,000 years ago, but we will just use 29,029 feet of Mount Everest without even needing the additional 25 feet for this articles purpose. But before we go into the math, let’s also review where this water supposedly came from and where it went when it receded:
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.
Well, after reviewing the above, it seems that the water came from the sky and from fountains in the deep. Now rain and tsunamis make sense as to where water can come from to make a localized flood, they, however, make no logical sense in terms of a world flood on such a global scale described. We will look into this when I do the math further into this article. Now where did the water go?:
2 Also C)”>(C)the fountains of the deep and the a]”>[a]floodgates of the sky were closed, and D)”>(D)the rain from the sky was restrained; 3 and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end E)”>(E)of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. 4 In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, F)”>(F)the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.
We have a major problem here as the Bible makes no mention as to where the water magically goes. Especially the amount of water required to flood the Earth to 29,029 feet above sea level. Worse still, the heat to evaporate this amount of water within less than a year would be incredibly high. Such scorching heat would mean that Noah and all the animals on the Ark would have literally baked to death. However, and if we entertained the idea that it all evaporated, that still wouldn’t answer the question as to where all this water went. Some might argue that it drained back into the Earth as if someone pulled the plug at the bottom of the bathtub. This theory is largely supported by Hallow Earthers, but let’s do the math and figure out why this is all nonsensical:
To cover Mount Everest, it would require 3.2 times the amount of water currently on the planet.
A bold claim? Ahh heck, why not? Let’s do the math!… The volume of water Required to cover Earth and Mount Everest is calculated as follows:
1) Finding Earth volume at sea level:
6,371 km is Earth’s mean (average) radius (this is less than the actual sea level of 6,384 km ). So with that figure in mind, we calculate volume with the following formula: Volume= 4/3 (PI)(6,371 km)3
Volume= 4/3 (3.14)(258,596,602,811 cubic km)
Convert formula to:
Volume= 4 (812,405,187,634.31 cubic KM) — Divided by–:3
Convert formula to:
3,249,620,750,537.26 — Divided by: 3
Earth’s Volume at sea level equals:
1,083,206,916,845.75 cubic Kilometers
What I did above was the math step by step so you could follow along. Keep in mind that the above figure is at the mean volume, or estimated average for an oblate sphere. So now that we know Earth’s volume at sea level to be roughly 1,083,206,916,845.75 cubic Kilometers, we need to figure out the Earth’s volume from 29,000 feet above sea level. In order to do this, we need to add the height of Everest to Earths known radius as shown below:
2) Earths Volume as sea level, plus the height Mount Everest, is calculated as follows:
H(height of Mt Everest: 8.84803 km / 29,029 feet) + (Earth’s mean Radius: 6,371 km) = : 6379.84803 KM Radius
Then use the same formula outlined above:
V = 4/3 (3.14)(6,379.84803 km)^3
This gives us a total Volume of:
1,087,726,253,231.91 cubic km’s..
This amounts to the total cubic Volume of Earth at the height of Mount Everest. However, we need to find out how much volume of water is needed without including the current volume of Earth at sea level right?. Yep! So on to step 3!
3) So how much volume must we fill with water between sea level and to the top of Mount Everest? Well, we have to subtract Earth’s mean volume at sea level from the total volume of 1,087,726,253,231.91 cubic km’s, or Earth’s volume at sea level + the height of Mt. Everest):
(1,087,726,253,231.9131585664283797871 cubic km’s: MT Everest + Earth’s volume)
(1,083,206,916,845.7537005471167989961 cubic km’s: Earth’s volume at sea level).
This gives us the volume of water needed to cover Earth to the top of Mt Everest, and that volume is a staggering amount:
4,519,336,386.15 cubic KM’s of water.
That is about roughly 3.2 times the total volume of water on Earth according to the following cited source on how much water there currently is, or is known to exist:
Thus the total estimated volume of water actually on Earth is about:
1,409,560,910 cubi km’s..
And if we divided (4,519,336,386.1594580193115807909607 cubic km’s) by (1,409,560,910 cubic km’s) we get:
Thus verifying that we indeed need about 3.20 times the water currently on Earth to raise sea levels to 29,029 feet. Also, If all the water known to be on Earth were in liquid form, it would only raise current sea levels about 200-250 ft.
So what do creationists do when faced with this problem? Well, they ignore it of course! It is rather easy to conclude that the Biblical Flood never happened, or that it could never have been physically possible in the first place. Heck, we didn’t even account for increases in water density as the figures above were just calculated by figuring just the volume alone. Yeah, we would need more water than figured thanks to gravity, temperature, and their effects on water density. We further didn’t need to discuss the effects of adding this much water to Earth’s surface would have on the Earth’s crust, or how the increase of atmospheric pressure would essentially crush and destroy all life on Earth, this for which would include those on the Arc. I rest my case!
In parting, I leave you with a few fun facts:
A: Creationists argue that Water in the Atmosphere, the floodgates of heaven, had caused the flood:
The U.S. Geological Survey would strongly refute that as the amount of water in Earth’s atmosphere could not possibly contain that much water, or carry enough water to cover the earth 25 feet above the highest mountain peaks.
One estimate of the volume of water in the atmosphere at any one time is about 3,100 cubic miles or 12,900 cubic kilometers . If all of the water in the atmosphere rained down, it would only cover the ground to a depth of 2.5 centimeters, about 1 inch.
Ouch! , that has to hurt the Biblical flood theory!, and don’t tell them about the principles of evaporation and displacement.
B: How many gallons of water do we need?
Well, A cubic kilometer of water equals about 264 billion gallons. So let’s figure out how many gallons we need :)..
4,519,336,386.15 cubic Kilometers of water.
X 264,000,000,000.XX gallons of water
1,193,104,805,946,096,917,098.25 gallons of water!
THAT’S A LOT OF WATER!!.. Anyone know where on Earth we can find an extra 1,193,104,805,946,096,917,098.25 gallons of water?