Part 2

by Mary Nell Wyatt

(First published in newsletter # 15 in April 1996)

Where Does "THE ICE AGE" Fit In?

That there was an "ice age" cannot be denied. But how did it come about? And WHEN? For me personally, this was one of the most crucial questions of all when examining the story of the flood and the chronology of the Bible. There is conclusive evidence that at sometime in the past, glaciers covered a tremendous portion of the planet (in addition to the portion still covered). Most of northern North America was covered, down to the Great Lakes and the US-Canadian border in the west. The British Isles, Scandinavia, and northern European Russia were all covered with ice-caps which extended down into Germany and Poland. Even in South America, the southern Andes Mountains were covered by a narrow ice sheet which divided into several glaciers which extended all the way to the Caribbean. The South Island of New Zealand, as well, was covered. This is only a partial list of the areas that were once covered in ice.

"God made a WIND to pass over the earth"

We believe that these glaciers were formed at the time of the flood, and in light of the Biblical account, there can be no other explanation. The key to the answer, I believe, lies in the following verses: GEN 8:1 ... and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; 2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;. Is it possible that by Divinely using the "laws" He ordained, God somehow caused a great wind to heap up massive amounts of water in the regions of the glaciers, then caused them to instantly freeze, effectively sealing a great deal of the waters on the face of the earth within these massive glaciers? "Freezing in still air is the poorest method; circulating cold air greatly accelerates freezing." (EB, vol. 7, p. 490, 1985.)

The Force of the Wind

In order for this wind to have such an effect on the incredible amount of water on the face of the earth, it would have had to have been of incredible force, greater than any hurricane or tornado we can imagine. Some water returned back into the earth (underground aquifers), some was evaporated, a large amount was frozen forming the massive glaciers, but the majority of water drained into the incredibly deep chasms that now contain the oceans.

Crucial to the understanding of the "ice age" and what next occurred is an examination of events during the flood and the incredible processes which took place. To present a quick background of our belief of what happened based on the evidences we have today, I am including a portion from newsletter # 5 (Oct. 1993), also found on p. 39 of our "Discoveries Volume: