Ollier and Pain stated that the major uplift of nearly
all the mountains of the world occurred in the last part of
the latest Cenozoic Erathem.
14 Presumably the basins and
valleys sank at the same time. Whitmore has suggested
uplifts of a thousand metres or so after the Flood,
23 but the
actual Cenozoic differential vertical tectonics is sometimes
an order of magnitude or more than he has suggested. Such
tremendous global-scale differential vertical tectonics is
more likely characteristic of the Flood and harder to explain
with a local catastrophe after the Flood.
Tremendous horizontal plate movements
Not only were there tremendous differential vertical
movements during the Cenozoic Erathem, but there were
also tremendous horizontal plate movements, assuming
the catastrophic plate tectonics (CPT) model. The amount
of movement can be calculated by marine magnetic
anomalies. Advocates of plate tectonics translate the small
intensity variations into different magnetic directions.
areas of below average magnetic intensity, it is assumed
that the magnetic field was reversed, and vice versa, with
above average intensity. However, changes in magnetic
intensity can be due to other causes, such as changes in
magnetic susceptibility, which opens up other possibilities
for the explanation of marine magnetic anomalies besides
According to CPT theory, the supercontinent Pangaea
did not start breaking apart until about midway through the
Mesozoic Erathem, just prior to the Cenozoic Erathem. This
implies much of the total plate movement occurred during
the Cenozoic, which Whitmore believes is post-Flood.
instance, the South Atlantic Ocean opened up 2,400 km,
the South Pacific 2,600 km, and the North Pacific 5,000 km
during the Cenozoic alone.
Also during the Cenozoic, India collided with Asia.
This is the time when Tibet, the Himalaya Mountains,
and other mountains of south-central Asia started to rise
with the greatest rise in the late Cenozoic. Such an event
seems like it could only have happened during the Flood
and not afterwards.
Special catastrophic tectonics during the Cenozoic
Besides rapid and intense vertical and horizontal
tectonics of the earth’s crust and upper mantle, there
were also a number of other catastrophic tectonic events
during the Cenozoic. These include the emplacement of
ophiolites, metamorphic core complexes, and ultrahigh-pressure minerals.
Figure 4. Three-step schematic of differential vertical tectonics during
the Flood for the Uinta Mountains and the adjacent basins (drawn by
Mrs Melanie Richard)