We’ve been taking a closer look at the days of creation these past few weeks. Today, we look at the separation of land and sea, and creating vegetation.
Day 3: God separates the land from the sea, and creates vegetation on land. Here, He is both creating and preparing the land, in one day, for life. In a well-watered, and climate-controlled environment, edible vegetation would have been found all over the globe, but the globe—that is the land mass—would not have been spread out as much in the beginning. “There is a general agreement among scientists that at one time all of the current land mass was joined together in one huge continent. They call this super continent Pangaea.” But how did this Pangaea spread out into the continents we have today? Creation scientists believe that it was the cataclysmic gushing of waters ‘of the great deep’ (Gen. 7:11) from the flood of Noah that spread the plates apart.
Robert Faid calls the Mid-Oceanic Ridge the “Great Scar surrounding the Earth” from when the earth split open and rearranged the continents. Similarly, Faid notes that the great mountain chains such as the Rockies, Appalachians, Andes, Alps, Himalayan and others, run parallel with the Great Oceanic Ridge.
Lee Strobel wrote that the backup plan of God in creating the plates to move as they did was for our benefit. “One crucial byproduct of plate tectonics is the development of mountain ranges,” he said. If there were no mountain ranges, we would still be in a water world today. “Scientists over the last several decades have established the surprising centrality of plate tectonics, and the related continental drift, to the sustaining of life on Earth.”
The breaking apart of the continents could also explain why scientists believe there was such an abrupt extinction of the dinosaurs. Scores of dinosaur bones have been found piled on top of each other in the same geological stratum all over the world. “As a matter of fact, a large portion of the geological column can be interpreted as having been deposited rapidly, as part of a single great catastrophe.” Thus, the theory of a gigantic meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs (dragons) has permeated, but if it were a meteor, then why was it only the dinosaurs that became extinct and not every other animal? Perhaps instead some of these dinosaurs (at least the adult ones) did not make it onto the ark?
 Robert Faid, A Scientific Approach to Biblical Mysteries (Green Forest, Az: New Leaf Press), 39
 Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan), 182
 John D. Morris, Tracking Those Incredible Dinosaurs (San Diego, CA: Master Books) 82