Creation science implications
The controversy over the Messinian
salinity crisis shows that the previous
interpretations that the Mediterranean
Sea desiccated numerous times was
based on simplistic interpretations of
presentday evaporites. It is interesting
how researchers can appear to have
much evidence in support of a claim
which turns out equivocal on close
inspection. As creation researchers,
it is important to be skeptical of
when it pertains to geological and
paleontological features. This should
especially be the case for the numerous
paleoenvironmental deductions in
secular geological literature.
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commonly found that when examining
a feature that appears to be contrary
to the biblical worldview, the feature
often contains contradictions to
uniformitarianism and is supportive
of an alternative mechanism.
The creation science explanation
of such a huge deposit is that the
‘evaporites’ are actually precipitates.
It’s a model that needs further work.
The area and volume of these deposits
imply a catastrophic mechanism
typical of a global Flood. The thick
layer of precipitates would place
the Flood/post-Flood boundary in
this area in the very late Cenozoic.
Noah’s Flood is the only mechanism
that could produce such a huge, thick
deposit in a short time, not to speak
of many of the other ‘evaporites’
1. Hsü, K.J., Ryan, W.B.F. and Cita, M.B., Late
Miocene desiccation of the Mediterranean,
Nature 242:240–244, 1973.
2. Hsü, K.J., Montadert, L., Bernoulli, D. et al.,
History of the Mediterranean salinity crisis,
Nature 267:399–403, 1977.
3. Roveri, M. et al., The Messinian Salinity crisis:
past and future of a great challenge for marine
sciences, Marine Geology 352: 25–58, 2014.
4. Christeleit, E.C., Brandon, M. T. and Zhuang, G.,
Evidence for deep-water deposition of abyssal
Mediterranean evaporites during the Messinian
salinity crisis, Earth and Planetary Science
Letters 427:226–235, 2015.
5. Hardie, L.A. and Lowenstein, T.K., Did the
Mediterranean Sea dry out during the Miocene?
A reassessment of the evaporite evidence from
DSDP legs 13 and 42A cores, J. Sedimentary
74( 4):453, 2004.
6. Oard, M.J., The Messinian salinity crisis
questioned, J. Creation
19( 1): 11–13, 2005.
7. None of the cores have penetrated more than the
top of the evaporite.
8. Lugli, S., Manzi, v., Roveri, M. and Schreiber,
B.C., The deep record of the Messinian
salinity crisis: evidence of a non-desiccating
Mediterranean Sea, Palaeogeography,
Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 433:201–218,
9. Manzi, V., Lugli, S., Roveri, M. et al., The
Messinian salinity crisis in Cyprus, a further
step towards a new stratigraphic framework
for Eastern Mediterranean, Basin Research
10. Lugli et al., ref. 8, p. 217.
11. Roveri, M., Manzi, V., Bergamasco, A. et al.,
Dense shelf water cascading and Messinian
canyons: a new scenario for the Mediterranean
salinity crisis, American J. Science 314:751–784,
12. Roveri et al., ref. 11, p. 754.
13. Oard, M.J., Beware of paleoenvironmental
deductions, J. Creation
13( 2): 13, 1999.
Figure 1. Artist’s depiction of the nearly dry Mediterranean Sea after disconnecting from the Atlantic Ocean Rivers shows the deep canyons carved, and
(now) extinct animals roaming the area.