It was the year 1996 when we were winding our way through three states on the west coast of the United States: Washington, Oregon and California. This was designed as a three day course where we could apply our skills in the science of geology. We would be able to look at rock formations, fossil flows and also erosion sites. This was all to be done in a three day weekend with Memorial Day coming up on Monday.
We made our way to southeast Oregon first, my favourite stop. The desert there was different to the others as the igneous rock was more exposed and not as dusty as other formations that one would find in California. The fossils were easy to spot and the students loved it. What brought the most awe to the students was when we left the desert and headed to Bend, Oregon. There were sediments galore and massive rock flows that were filled with fossils sometimes as large as a teenager. It was here that one could find the equus flows.
According to the evolution beliefs, there were three types of equus in the evolution cycle. There was the very small pony, medium size and a large one. All of these were classified under the genus of equus from the family of Equidae. Equidae is where donkeys, horses, mules, rhinoceros, tapir and other ‘similar looking animals’ evolved from some 54 million years ago.
We came to the rock formations and could see huge sediments of rock layed, some almost 100 feet high. As with every sediment layer, fossils were trapped inside, then another layer and more fossils. The oldest fossils were in the lowest layers, near the ground. The youngest or more recent fossils were in the fossils near the top. This was the common wisdom. “You should find in the lower layers near the ground the smaller equus.” The class dug and unearthed them. “Now look in the layers up from those and you should find the medium sized ones, close to the more recent equus genus.” More digging and they were produced.
“Now check the top layers.” Finally they had all been accounted for and each layer had an equus. The only problem was when myself and other camp members stumbled across sediment layers that contained all three forms of the equus genus. This was supposed to be impossible.
The response given was that the reason for this was that sometimes due to the millions of tons of pressure on the sediment layers, sometimes they would be sandwiched in between one another and one layer would be destroyed. This would sometimes leave nothing or there would be fossils left over. This was called conjunction. How one knew conjunction took place was precisely when this happened.
All of this was based upon the fact that the sediment layers were exactly as we had been told above. However we found that this was not the case at all. There were not uniform, perfectly layed and ancient looking sediments, but rather layers of sediments that had all different life mixed together. Thus one would find fossils of animals that should have been extinct billions of years ago right in line with animals living today, the equus being a prime example.
This process continued with Neahkahnie, Oregon. Time after time we found these sediment layers that were mixed together, leading myself and four other colleagues to the conclusion that the Earth was not 6,000 years old, as the young creationists claim, nor 4.6 billion years old as evolutionists claim. The truth was somewhere in the middle.
Scientists of evolutionary discipline grade the sediments by the fossils within them and also grade the fossils by which column of the sediment layers they appear. Although to any onlooker this seems like circular reasoning, the answer I was given was that they carbon date and potassium argon date as well.
However, myself and others quickly found that this raises more questions than answers. Let me explain how and the reason why my paper began to radically shift away from their doctrinaire ideas. By using dating methods centred on the decrease of potassium argon or carbon 14 over time, the one committed to the dating begins with the assumption that these two substances were and are constant which has not been and is not established. This actually challenges evolution which holds that the Earth’s conditions previous today were very different.
And so I began to write, using details from Neahkahnie, Bend, Klamath Falls in Oregon along with Mt Shasta and other sites in northern California and numerous details from southwest Washington State. I gave great attention to the Crater Lake site but I was again led to the same conclusions.
I had spoken with my two professors before commencing my paper and although they were opposed, they were also very eager to see what results I could muster from my studies. I did a one page report on the major sites, discussed the pH balance of the water at the sites comparatively and then discussed over seven pages what my conclusions were of the whole matter.
I was able to consult books, but they merely repeated the same claims regarding the sediment columns and how to count them and order them. They did not bother to say that there was no representative sample on Earth of such a sediment column will all of the layers. Once I turned my paper in, my teacher graded me well for the originally and the sources but took some points away due to my ‘deviation’ from the topic, citing that ‘to think that the entirety of evolution could be unseated over a few hours and one document on the subject was contentious at best.’ The outcome was as life changing for me as the other students around me who read the paper.
I was then left in a precarious position as I was not a young/old earth creationist (Christian) or an evolutionist (American), but just a Muslim. Since that time I have been compiling my findings and enjoy sharing them with others. It is my hope that some day I will be able to do so.