The Messages of the Terrain
1. The careful observation of the terrain reveals the historic evidence of how the terrain was formed.
2. The primary criteria which must be adhered to is recognizing, and identifying the difference between these two factors:
A. The "internal forces" That shape the land
B. Most notably; the "external forces" which shape the land
The forces beneath the surface of the earth are internal; they consist of the interaction of tectonic plates, hot magma and the exertion of gases under great pressure rising from beneath the earth's crust. The result of these internal forces are responsible for the majestic features of the terrain known as mountains, and when various tectonic plates meet and bulge upward the formation of mountains are the result. Volcanoes are also formed from these internal forces. These natural features of the terrain are the largest and most of them gradually narrow at the top forming a peak. One example would be Mount Everest which rises from dry land reaching more than 20,000 feet above sea level.
On the other hand "external forces" which refashion the terrain most often retains flatness at the top. The only prerequisite for understanding the messages of the terrain lies in being able to distinguish what causes land formations that develop from internal forces; thereby recognizing how external forces have transformed the land. The "External Element" of water is consistent in how it interacts with the landscape regardless of small, moderate, and very large amounts of flood water.
It's been irrefutably proven how the great strength of large amounts of flowing water can break-off and wash away massive amounts of landscape. The interaction between earth and water, or water on the surface of the earth displays consistent patterns; these patterns can be viewed as the language of the terrain. The earth itself provides the extensive substantiation of a worldwide flood. The monuments of evidence silently scream out from all across the globe. All that's required is to recognize this great abundance of evidence.
Let us begin with the feature of the terrain called a cliff. Let us take time to consider what exactly is a cliff? One relevant definition would basically be: A Cliff would be the portion of earth remaining after the displacement of much earth or land no longer connected to it. For the most part cliffs are associated with the shoreline, and separate bodies of water from dry land. In dry desert type land locked areas we also find cliffs; worldwide. We find the effects of water flowing from one direction results in a cliff, however the land formation called a "plateau" tells a different story. We find raging waters have surrounded this type of land formation breaking-off the land from all directions and washing away the earth.
The principle observation one looks for in reading the terrain is what's known as "ground-level". Much of the time the flat top portion of a land formation indicates "ground-level". Recognize the ground-level of this large plateau which was undisturbed by flood waters which broke-off and washed away the surrounding land. Once the ground-level is acknowledged one gains insight into the massive amounts of earth washed away by flood waters. Notice one of the most famous plateaus called Masada; notice the ground-level at the top, but also notice how the large portion of land behind Masada is separated by a small canyon. Land is showing us here how these two land masses were once connected before flood waters separated them.
This point is illustrated even more dramatically in a place called monument valley. Observe how the land reveals to us in this photo the tremendous amounts of earth washed away by flood waters. Notice all that we see here, whether it is a plateau, butte, mesa, or cliff notice the "height" of what's left. The land is revealing to us where the ground level was before a flood displaced all the connecting land area.
Water being liquid and having great strength in large volume reshaped the land in many ways. Arches are also one of the land formations that resulted from flood waters, they too are found worldwide. An area in the Sahara desert region has large collection of these land formations this area is called Tassili National park found in Algeria. The weight of the flood waters along with the softening effect it has on the landscape is one thing; however the designs which came about from receding flood waters have formed a variety of patterns in the terrain. Some of the names of the rock formations the waters have left are known as wave rock, turtle rock, skull rock, cathedral rock, ship rock, and many other names which were placed on flood landmarks all cause by water.
Canyons which are essentially two cliffs which face each other this reveals how water is capable of dividing and clearing pathways throughout the landscape. The horrendous amount of non-stop rain for 40 days was truly awesome in and of itself, however less noticed was the miraculous task of removing water which covered the earth to such an extent that only the mountain tops remained un-submerged. To this very day river systems still guide flowing water from higher ground or from one body of water to another. We find "wet" and "dry" canyons worldwide, those canyons which still have some residual water flow continue to serve as a reminder of how canyons were formed.
The existence of Narrow canyons known as slot canyons also serve to confirm the role of water in the formation of these canyons. Antelope canyon which was clearly formed by water is to this day extremely dangerous during a flash flood, for these well established pathways provide natural drainage for the areas landscape. Observation of slot canyons from higher ground helps to reveal messages from the terrain in terms water seepage.
Let us proceed in taking the concept of water seepage to the next level. It has been established as an irrefutable fact that surface water tends to find its way underground. These underground streams are the source which is tapped in terms of providing well water. Based on this premise the removal very large amounts of water would leave evidence due to the overwhelming immensity of water stemming from a worldwide flood. The question becomes are the huge caves we find beneath the surface of the earth cause by the seepage of water from a worldwide flood? Many of the more colossal caves to this day only have a small percentage of its interior mapped out and explored.
On the other hand depressions in the earth which hold shallow bodies of stagnant water that saturate the landscape, are they also clues of the great flood from times past? Swamps with an ancient primitive look, are they too the last vestiges of a worldwide flood? When reading the language of the terrain we also find in some basin areas the evidence of dried up lakes. Owens Lake which is now called Death Valley is just one of many lakes in the area which over time dyed up, leaving a hot, dry, and barren area.
We have studied some key factors required in piecing together for oneself the language of the terrain which authenticates an unrelenting deluge. Operating from the position of identifying the things one would expect to find. These "still remaining" in the aftermath of such a great storm, rather than pursuing the remains of Noah's ark itself has proven to be the most effective method of documentation. The higher burden of proof is met through relying on the vast terrain regarding answers concerning the great flood. We still find 70 percent of the world still covered with water showing the terrain has all essentials needed to prove a 40 day flood.
Searching for the ark itself restricts ones understanding, however ones course of study is an individual decision. We find the biblical history of Noah's flood not myth, satire, or fiction but historic fact. It's just a matter of recognizing for oneself the tremendous amount of evidence. Biblical history is interpreted, documented, and confirmed by evidence of the great flood. Much has happened in the time span preceding each of us being born into the world, and gaining ones bearings in terms of past, present, and future is achievable. Building a solid foundation based on credible facts is indispensable in terms learning from the serious errors made by past generations. Above all remembering "why" the Great flood took place is of great value.
For it shows the great power and sweeping changes made by the one who created this world. It's the wickedness and corruption which must be eliminated, and the great flood did not succeed in curing the world of evil the first time. This means the stronger more permanent solution which has been foretold by the prophets will be implemented. Fire will be the next element used to correct the earth, and many efforts are made by the adversaries of God to conceal this fact from the masses of people. To understand one will be held accountable for their thoughts and actions is extremely valuable.