Cyclic Catastrophism and the Touchet Formations

Figure 1.  Touchet beds near Lowden in the Walla Walla valley. Note distinct layers.

Figure 1. Touchet beds near Lowden in the Walla Walla valley. Note distinct layers.

There is another well known geologic feature which exhibits approximately one hundred equally thick layers, corresponding to the captures and release of priori-Mars. It is a sedimentary deposit in the American Pacific Northwest associated with the Channeled Scablands discovered by geologist G. Harlan Bretz. In 1923 he surmised correctly that the scablands must have been catastrophically carved by enormous floods, caused by releases of vast amounts of water from glacial dams which formed an enormous Lake Missoula. During each flood, flow through the Wallula Gap was slow enough such that water pooled in a temporary lake, Lake Lewis. Lake Lewis backflooded up the Yakima, Walla Walla, Touchet and Tucannon River Valleys. In these relatively calm arms of the lake, the slack waters were thick with suspended materials eroded from the scablands.  Some of the suspended materials settled out, creating thick Touchet Formation layers or rhythmites (equally thick horizontal layers) which are found throughout these valleys (Figure 1). The layered formation records the actual number of flood events. As many as ‘eighty-nine’ have been counted. Counting the exact number of layers is not a favorite task for geologists since the more they find, the more difficult it becomes to explain them. Making their task even more difficult is the fact that each bed is separated by varved intervals (thin yearly depositions) indicating ‘fewer than forty’ years passed between the floods. Geologists cannot imagine a mechanism by which so many equally deep deposits could have formed in such a short time, in fact, some argue that there was only one big flood and that the many equal layers somehow resulted from the ‘sloshing’ associated with that single event.  Of course this could never explain the equal thickness of each deposit or the ‘less than forty’ varves between layers.

The proposed cyclic catastrophism explains these formations quite well. The vast amount of water and the dams were part of the glaciation centered at the temporary north pole, Hudson Bay, which accumulated for fifteen years each time priori-Mars was captured in geosynchronous orbit. When this planet was released into its alternate orbit around the Sun, the region of glaciation suddenly reverted to its present latitude and the ice began to melt quite rapidly. Geologists date these events at approximately 16,000 years ago, but they actually formed between 3700 and 700 BC, contemporaneously with the Deccan Traps.  But in contrast to the Deccan Traps, the lava of which records their magnetic latitude during each encounter, the magnetic orientation of the Touchet beds is normal because they formed after each encounter, when the Earth’s mantle had returned to its normal orientation.  Unlike the Deccan Traps, each layer of which accumulated and hardened throughout each fifteen-year encounter, each Touchet bed layer formed very quickly at the end of each encounter. Thus the time between their deposition was thirty years, not fifteen. Fifteen of the varves (yearly deposits between major events) were laid down when the Earth’s mantle was in its normal orientation and fifteen more when closer to the (temporary) north pole. Thus geologists have found ‘less than forty’ varves between events.

~ by Angiras on August 5, 2009.

3 Responses to “Cyclic Catastrophism and the Touchet Formations”

  1. Your comment helps me understand why the thinly veiled atheistic interpretations of the world and the PhDs that believe them are the way that they are. Unfortunately, the world has been dominated by your (academia) ideas far too long. You get your sheepskins by mimicking your professors and you pass the same faulty ideas on to the younger generation just like sheep. You never question any of the precepts because, if you do, you will not be allowed to enter the privileged tenure club, and if you rebel after that your papers will not be published and you will be ostracized.

    The gradualism born in geology came from a lack of a larger perspective, that of planetary science. Unfortunately that discipline was poisioned from the get-go when new planetary science departments were populated by geologists and geophysicists.

    You can’t explain the origin of Earth’s oceans.
    You can’t explain the current isostatic rebound of the Hudson Bay region.
    You can’t explain the recent stretching of the Middle East faults toward the Himalayas.
    You can’t explain the Messenean Salinity crisis.

    Wake Up Doc!

  2. Hi Lee,
    I have been concentrating on the extremely unique features on Earth and on Mars, as
    illustrated by my latest post. So many other authors, including Velikovsky, De Grazia,
    Bretz and Vitale, have done so much investigation on geological mysteries, that I could
    hardly equal in the short time I have left. I have offered explanations of a number of
    them in my books and articles. Maybe I should go back and reread Earth in Upheaval,
    in light of the new knowledge I have developed in the last few years. As you suggest,
    the greater Hudson Bay region is one area of particular interest. Another, which I have
    not read about – just based just on topo maps, I believe there maybe scablands in the
    desert of southern Israel carved by the waters attracted by priori-Mars each time it
    approached the Earth.

  3. John,

    Again, excellent post. Have you thought about doing a book devoted strictly to the geological evidence as Velikovsky did in his “Earth in Upheaval?” I know that is an easy question to ask and a very hard thing to do. But, the evidence mounting about the very recent history of the great lakes and other major features in North America seem to be falling in line with your scenario. I’m still fascinated by your work.

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