Clastic Dikes Show Youth Of Rock Strata
Despite the evolutionist and old-earth doctrine that claims sedimentary rock layers were deposited over millions of years, there is much evidence that the majority of these layers were deposited within a short time period by a catastrophic event. Creationists believe that this catastrophic event is the global Flood described in the Book of Genesis 4,500 years ago. One of the many evidences that creationists give for the quick and rapid deposition of the sedimentary layers around the world is the existence of clastic dikes. Clastic dikes are intrusions of sedimentary material that have cut across sedimentary rock layers by way of fractures extending across the layers. Clastic dikes are identified upon showing that the dike material is of the same composition as the underlying layer. Creationists believe that clastic dikes form when underling layers of sedimentary rock have not fully hardened or cemented. As the upper rock layers press down on the lower layers, this un-cemented sedimentary material will rise between cracks and fractures into the upper rock layer, forming a clastic dike intrusion. This process of clastic dike formation indicates that these sedimentary rock layers were deposited at the same time or within a short time period and not millions of years separating each layer as the evolutionists claim. In some places in the world, vertical clastic "pipes" composed of sandstone are found where the upper softer layer of sediment has eroded away and the sandstone pipes are left standing. These clastic pipes were injected into the upper layers while still un-cemented sand. As the sandstone pipes hardened and the upper layer was eroded away, the pipes remained. Clastic dikes are common throughout the world and give evidence of the rapid deposition of sedimentary layers by the global Flood of the Book of Genesis.