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Jim Harrison

The so-called biblical geology was already a crank position in the early 19th Century, but real geologists like Sedgwick couldn't immediately rule out the theory that there had been a widespread catastrophe in the geologically recent past even if the Biblical account was nothing more than a confused memory of it and could not be taken literally. There was evidence all over Europe and North America of a great event had taken place; but it took a lot of field work to establish that the gravels and erratic boulders were a result of an ice age, not a universal flood.

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