MR. NOAH: Honey, where would like to go for vacation this year?
MRS. NOAH: Well dear, we’ve been working so hard this year, I think we should take the big one and go to the North Pole. I’ve heard the beaches are great and the snorkeling and scuba diving is legendary.
Sound weird? According to recent studies, this scenario is entirely possible because the North and South Poles were both once tropical.
Wednesday, 31 May 2006, 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK
Arctic’s tropical past uncovered
By Rebecca Morelle
Science reporter, BBC News
Fifty-five million years ago the North Pole was an ice-free zone with tropical temperatures, according to research. A sediment core excavated from 400m (1,300ft) below the seabed of the Arctic Ocean has enabled scientists to delve far back into the region’s past. An international team has been able to pin-point the changes that occurred as the Arctic transformed from this hot environment to its present cold status. The findings are revealed in a trio of papers published in the journal Nature.
The bottom end of the cylinder helped scientists to uncover what had happened to the Arctic during a dramatic global event known as the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, which occurred about 55 million years ago.
“This time period is associated with a very enhanced greenhouse effect,” explained Appy Sluijs, a palaeoecologist from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and the lead author on one of the papers.
“Basically, it looks like the Earth released a gigantic fart of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere – and globally the Earth warmed by about 5C (9F).
“This event is already widely studied over the whole planet – but the one big exception was the Arctic Ocean.”
The core revealed that before 55 million years ago, the surface waters of the Arctic Ocean were ice-free and as warm as 18C (64F).
But the sudden increase in greenhouse gases boosted them to a balmy 24C (75F) and the waters suddenly filled with a tropical algae, Apectodinium.
Readers of The Genesis Flood (1961) by creationist pioneers Henry Morris and John Whitcomb would have suspected this to be the case by reading the section entitled “Universally Warm Climate” on p. 243.
Apparently, the South Pole was once tropical also …
Since the time when dinosaurs roamed a tropical Antarctic continent, the world has cooled down by 6.5 degrees Celsius.
Of course, secular scientists believe that this tropical climate at the North and South poles happened millions of years ago, but their assumptions for this belief are flawed as other creationists have shown.
The more likely scenario than the “millions of years ago” story is that …
1) Conditions were very different prior to the Flood (Genesis 2:5-6, 8:22)
2) The Flood happened and changed everything
3) There was an Ice Age following the Flood lasting several hundred years
4) The ice melted somewhat and the sea levels rose