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THIS UNNAMED GEOLOGICAL formation is the likely result of wind, rain and time eroading away surface material to expose what at one time would have lava (magma) that had cooled and solidified. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
COMING INTO OR out of the Chisos Mountains, this is the northwest view and is several miles south of Panther Junction and the headquarters for Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THE CLARET CUP is covered in barbed spines and blooms a reddish, cup-shaped flower from about April to June or July in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THIS VIEW FROM a formation called, “The Window,” looks out from the westside of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
INDIAN HEAD MOUNTAIN and its southern region offers this “leaning” wall of geology at the western boundary of Big Bend National Park. The rocks of the foreground are boulders ranging from man-sized on up. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
MASSIVE AND TOWERING, this wall of the geology is at least a couple of hundrend feet high and situated in the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
WIDE-OPEN PANORAMAS and mountainous terrain such as this are routine along roadside in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THE SOUTHWEST SIDE of the Chisos Mountains, also known as the Chisos Mountain Basin and home to the lodge in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2011 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A FALLEN TREE is an impassable barrier in an otherwise debris-free dry riverbed in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
INDIGENOUS TO TEXAS, New Mexico and Arizona, Javelinas in Big Bend National Park genetically differ from swine. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
LOST MINE TRAIL in Big Bend National Park, looking southward over Juniper Canyon, the Chisos Mountain’s Northeast Rim and into Mexico. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A TREE SILHOUETTED against the night sky as seen from Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THIS VIEW EAST of a volcano is an illusion of the setting sun streaming through the Chisos Basin area behind Casa Grande Peak in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
WRIGHT MOUNTAIN in background at Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A VIEW WESTWARD after sundown from the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A CAMERA COMPENSATION for the limited light after sundown provides this view westward from the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson/Camera One. All Rights Reserved.
SANTA ELENA CANYON after sunset, as seen from the Chimneys in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson/Camera One. All Rights Reserved.

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Tolleson, DL. “Creation in Seconds, Days or Years.”
DLTolleson.com, 2013.
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Tolleson, DL. “Creation in Seconds, Days or Years.”
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Commentary: This originally appeared as a March 31, 2011 entry in The Great American Novel Blog on this web site under the heading, A Thousand Years and 9.86 Microseconds. The original entry remains available in the 2011 Archive via the Compendium.

—DL Tolleson

CREATION in SECONDS, DAYS or YEARS
DL Tolleson

I’ve long-heard biblical-based arguments that Genesis’s version of creation in 7 days could have just as easily been 7,000 years or more. The supposition is grounded in a biblical verse (rendered in a different context) indicating that for God, a day is as a thousand years. Looking at it that way, science can more easily tolerate a creation wherein God implemented creation through “natural laws,” thus accommodating the geological record.

Now there is a new aspect to that discussion. Apparently the March 11, 2011 earthquake—which reportedly moved the Japanese mainland by as much as 8 feet—caused a change to Earth’s mass, thus shortening the length of a day by 1.8 Microseconds. One source for this information, CBS News, ran a story claiming that “Earth’s Day Length Shortened by Japan Earthquake” and indicated that this wasn’t the first earthquake-induced shortening of the day. This article suggested a total shortening of the day by 9.86 microseconds after tabulating the effects of the 8.9-magnitude Japan earthquake, the 8.8-magnitude Chilean earthquake of 2010 and the 9.1-magnitude Sumatra earthquake in 2004.

This got me to thinking. The world is covered in volcanoes popping-off throughout history. Regardless of whether you ascribe to God utilizing geology, who is to say that world-wide volcanic eruptions have not affected the passage of time (as we understand it). Maybe, in the beginning, the planet was spinning like a top! Perhaps there was one huge continent and the “spreading” factor of erupting volcanoes moved or redistributed the earth’s mass, thus slowing the passage of time that constituted, “a day.” Or maybe it is the other way around and, just like the story reported above, Earth’s days have been continuously sped-up since the planet was first formed.

Otto Muck, the author of The Secret of Atlantis (Analyzed Here) postulated that an asteroid struck the mid-Atlantic ridge, opening an ocean-wide rift along the submariner floor. If even partly true, surely the impact on the passage of time could have been massive.

If geological upheaval has altered the Earth’s mass to the resulting tune of also altering time (or the speed at which time passes), then it stands to reason that throughout the planet’s history (be it thousands, hundreds of thousands or billions of years) our “days” have not remained at a fixed duration. And depending upon the severity of alteration—or of numerous alterations—we may have geological and biblical histories that are more malleable than the definitive records that they heretofore represented.