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Depositional Features of a Worldwide Flood

Presence of Polystrate Fossils

Polystrate fossil trees are trees that extend through multiple sediment layers where supposedly, according to standard geologic time scale, each layer is separated in time by many millions of years. Entire “fossil forests” have been found throughout the world—in eastern United States, eastern Canada, England, France, Germany, and Australia. The world contains many thousands of examples of polystrate trees and animal fossils which tie sediment rock layers together into a relatively short time frame.


If a mature tree grew in place and eventually died, how long would it take the trunk to decay and topple over? Could a tree remain standing for millions of years as sediment slowly collected around it during periods of inundation? Dead trees (snags) will not remain upright for more than a few decades, but secular geologists who maintain uniformity doctrine would have you believe otherwise. Wood decays in just a few years, whether in an aquatic environment or exposed to open air.

Other types of fossils bear witness to the same conclusion. Obviously, sediment could not have collected slowly around a dead animal that would have decayed in weeks or months. Once the animal is protected by rapid burial, the process of fossilization can begin. Instead of uniform, gradual deposition over vast ages, what fossils in the geologic column show are signs of rapid burial. Polystrate plant and animal fossils are classic proof of a rapid catastrophic flood event and young earth.

Sketch by Roger Gallop

Joggins Formation of Nova Scotia. Photos by Ian Juby 
Permission received from Ian Juby on November 21, 2008.

The Pennsylvanian Joggins Formation of Nova Scotia, dated by secular geologists to be approximately 300 million years ago. Late Paleozoic Gondwanan Ice Age.

First photo: According to author, Ian Juby, “… the entire fossil story embedded in these cliffs is clearly one of chaos: The plants were broken and crushed. Many were strewn all over the place and lapped all over each other when found horizontal.”  Second photo: Inverted polystrate tree.