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Plants and the global flood

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Rescued from the
Global Flood
Icon flood.svg
Twelve of the clean kind

During the global flood, many plants would have been killed off. Some plants with tough, long-lived seeds might have been able to germinate, but those with short-lived seeds, or seeds without strong protection against harsh environments, would have become extinct. "Lower" plants such as algae would have their environment altered so drastically it is unlikely they would have been able to survive at all.

Salination[edit]

Most "higher" plants evolved on land, and their seeds are not able to survive a prolonged soaking in salt water. A small number of specialised plants, which have evolved to survive at the littoral zone and whose seeds actually use oceanic currents to colonize new areas, could conceivably have survived a global flood.

A longer term effect would have been salinification of the soil, which would have caused permanent soil damage and left it unable to support most forms of plant life. As an example, one-third of the arable areas flooded after Hurricane Katrina suffered permanent salt damage.[1]. A year-long, worldwide flood would have had permanent consequences - the extinction of most plant life.

Seed abrasion[edit]

The unprecedented currents which would have occurred during the inundation would have destroyed many plant seeds.

Conclusion[edit]

There are only three possible explanations as to how we have plants today that are not capable of surviving a year underwater:

  1. The flood simply did not happen. But since the bible disagrees, either:
  2. Plants have evolved to their current forms (of not being able to survive) in the few thousand years since the flood, or
  3. Goddidit.

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