It’s early morning on Monday 18th January, 1836, and here comes a 26 year old British 'backpacker' from the Blackheath Inn, going for a stroll to check out Govett’s Leap cascading into the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Charles R. Darwin has recently completed his studies in theology at Cambridge University and has been enjoying the trip of a lifetime aboard HMS Beagle as a friend of the captain. He stands at a lookout 997 metres above sea level, in fact 92 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean, and imagines that this valley was formed “by the undulations of an open sea…and slow elevation of the land…narrow gorges were cut by the retreating sea….”
Slow elevation? - or not so slow?...
Maybe it happened quicker than you think, Charlie!
That waterfall is a Scottish ‘leap’ and this backpacker’s leap of imagination is so descriptive of the Great Flood is it any wonder today’s geologists ignore it.
We can't have Science admitting there was once a global flood!