Been listening to a discussion on Jan Markel's Understanding the Times radio, on the subject The Top Ten Creation/Evolution Issues with Eric Barger sitting in for her. He is interviewing creationist Jay Seegert, who has the website the Creation Education Center, where he addresses the usual problems in the creation-evolution debates with his own emphases. On the program they don't get to all the ten most frequently raised issues, only five of them.
The question that got answered in a way that so captivated me was Where did the water go after the Flood? I've never known how to answer that question and hadn't really given it much thought either, but now that I've heard Jay Seegert's answer I think how obvious it is!
There is enough water on the earth right now that if the land areas were all flattened and completely evened out the water would cover it to a depth of 1.7 miles.
Creationists always say there were not such high mountains before the Flood as after, and that the high mountains were raised up after the Flood by plate tectonic movement set in motion as part of the whole Flood scenario, but I haven't seen that made the explanation for what happened to the Flood waters until now.
Of course, the land was rearranged after the Flood, the mountains were raised to spectacular new heights and valleys were formed to new depths, especially on the sea floor where deep trenches now lie. THAT's where all the water went.
Here's an experiment I dreamed up myself to demonstrate this: Make a thick clay type paste out of flour and water (or use modeling clay) and pat it down flat in a container to whatever depth you want, so it has a level surface. Cover it with water to a depth of oh a few inches or whatever. Don't let it stand too long or it will dilute the flour paste. Then pour out the water into a container so you have the same amount. Then gouge out deep valleys in the clay and make high mountains of the gouged-out material, keeping the same amount of clay as before. Pour back the water, the same amount of water as before. You'll have dry land and sea.
Same amount of land, same amount of water.
I would do a dance of joy and celebration if my arthritis didn't hurt so much.
Seegert also said that this mountain-and-valley-building event is referred to in Psalm 104 which made me skeptical at first.
The King James doesn't clearly say that:
KJV - Psa 104:8 - They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them."They" refers to the flood waters, but there isn't anything here to suggest the mountains were higher or the valleys deeper than before.
But some of the other translations do say that. One of those few instances where the KJV translation IS inferior to the newer versions.
Some of the other translations say the same as the KJV, but most of them say the mountains rose and the valleys sank:
NKJV - Psa 104:8 - They went up over the mountains; They went down into the valleys, To the place which You founded for them.[ May 22 update: After getting a typical rejoinder in my Comments section I have to add that despite all the attempts by creationists to come up with an unanswerable defense of the Flood or any other creationist claim there is always going to be an answer back that purports to be scientific. You can't "bullet proof" your Christian children as Barger and Seegert seem to expect, by having any kind of science-based answer to these things. What is your college student going to do after he's learned all these creationist answers and still someone comes back telling him he's ignorant of physics?
NLT - Psa 104:8 - Mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed.
NIV - Psa 104:8 - they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them.
ESV - Psa 104:8 - The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them.
RVR - Psa 104:8 - Subieron los montes, descendieron los valles, Al lugar que tú les fundaste.
NASB - Psa 104:8 - The mountains rose; the valleys sank down To the place which You established for them.
RSV - Psa 104:8 - The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place which thou didst appoint for them.
ASV - Psa 104:8 - (The mountains rose, the valleys sank down) Unto the place which thou hadst founded for them.
YLT - Psa 104:8 - They go up hills -- they go down valleys, Unto a place Thou hast founded for them.
DBY - Psa 104:8 - The mountains rose, the valleys sank, unto the place which thou hadst founded for them; --
WEB - Psa 104:8 - They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys to the place which thou hast founded for them.
HNV - Psa 104:8 - The mountains rose, The valleys sank down, To the place which you had assigned to them.
As Seegert points out, this area of science is historical science not the kind of science you can replicate in a laboratory, and historical science can never be proved the way laboratory science can be. So someone like my visitor can always come along and claim that the speed at which the tectonic plates would have had to move since the Flood only 4350 years ago would have generated so much heat that the oceans would have boiled and nothing could have lived afterward. He can't prove that, it's all speculation, but it sure SOUNDS scientific. Perhaps others can make calculations to counter him, but meanwhile your Christian college students are again left without a "scientific" answer.
They have to be fortified primarily with the word of God which tells us Noah and his family and many creatures did survive and go on to repopulate the earth, and, so that they won't be taken by surprise, made familiar with the fact that "science" about events in the prehistoric past cannot be definitively known, and that's the best we can do in the face of all the imaginative but unprovable speculations the other side can always generate against us.
Later yet: HOWEVER, this got me pondering what WOULD be the physics involved and I remembered some of my own speculations and other answers I'd heard in the past, and posted them in the Comments section.]