Paper Abstracts

Post-Flood Ice Age precipitation

S.M. Gollmer

Discipline: Physics

Abstract: Introduced in the Genesis Flood by Whitcomb and Morris (1961) and fleshed out by Oard (1979) a model for an ice age in the wake of the Genesis flood was used to explain the evidence of glaciation in Canada and the United States without resorting to eons of time. It was proposed that this rapid ice age was the consequence of post flood warm oceans, barren land and volcanic aerosols. The impact of warm oceans was simulated by Vardiman (1998) and Gollmer (2013) using climate models. Although warm oceans increase precipitation in the Arctic, global surface temperatures become unbearably hot unless volcanic aerosols equivalent to the eruption of Toba are used. In addition, with ocean temperatures of 30 degrees C the formation of snow and ice are impossible because air and land temperatures in the Arctic remain above freezing.

Using dynamic oceans with a uniform initial temperature of 24 degrees C, climate simulations are performed to explore the impact of aerosol distributions on the position of the jet stream and storm tracks. In previous simulations, precipitation in the Arctic is primarily over the ocean rather than land, thus limiting how quickly ice sheets are able to grow. Although the simulations reported here are still too warm for the accumulation of snow, it is clear that the thermal circulation coming off a cold continent must be offset by other factors in order for sufficient precipitation to fall inland.