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________, 1983, Science, Scripture, and the Young Earth: Creation-Life Publishers, 34 pp.

________, 1985, Scientific Creationism: Master Books, 281 pp.


Note: This glossary has been prepared with the intention of providing help for readers who are not familiar with specialized geologic terms. It is not intended that the definitions will be exhaustive, but we have made an effort to include enough defining material for the purposes of this paper. Words which are adequately defined in  medium-size, general dictionaries are usually not included in this glossary.

Asterisked (*) words are herein capitalized as a reminder that they are, in geology, often used as proper nouns, even though they are not usually capitalized in common usage.

Abbreviations used:
adj. - adjective  e.g. - for example
adv. - adverb  pl. - plural
cf. - compare  sg. - singular
lacustrine - an adj. pertaining to lakes or ancient lake beds.

laminae (sg. lamina) - thin layers.

laminated - composed of very thin layers.

lithification - a general term for the several kinds of processes by which sediments become rock.

microfauna - animal life forms which can be seen only with a microscope.

microflora - plant life forms which can be seen only with a microscope.

slurry - a highly fluid mixture of water and particles of solid matter. strata (sg. stratum) - a general term for layers of rock or of unlithified sediment.


biogenic components of 43-46 (see also "biogenic structures")


Figure 1. Some well-known sharp-contact surfaces and erosional unconformities in the central Appalachians 17

Figure 2. A vertical-section diagram through the central part of the Appalachian Highland region 20-21

Figure 3. Diagram of a vertical section of two carbonate hardground layers and the sediments between them 25

Figure 4. A sequence of unconformities and ancient, buried, erosion surfaces in the Mississippian and Lower Pennsylvanian rock systems of West Virginia 35

Figure 5. Geologic map showing an example of the removal of two entire geologic rock systems by ancient erosion 60

Figure 6. Photographs of three vertical-column thin sections of evaporite well cores of the Delaware Basin, west Texas 102

Figure 7. Map of Devonian, Elk Point Basin, with its subbasins, Alberta, Canada 107

Figure 8. A vertical section through the deeper rock layers of one of the Rainbow area oil fields, Alberta, Canada 109

Figure 9. Diagram of the layers of a sabkha cycle of the type found in the Rainbow subbasin of Alberta, Canada 117

Figure 10. Location and structure of the Trucial Coast, Saudi Arabia 119

Appendix. Grading of formations into each other 133


Daniel E. Wonderly has had a lifelong commitment to the complete trustworthiness of the Bible, and a continuous interest in Bible-science relationships. He is the author of God's Time-Records in Ancient Sediments(Crystal Press, 1977, IBRI 1999), and has devoted a major part of the past 20 years to the study of sedimentary geology as related to the Genesis account of creation. He is currently active in Christian work, as well as in his scientific research and writing.