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Very few places in America have such amazing sites for exploring volcanic history as the Pacific Northwest. Oregon’s high desert in the eastern part of the state is covered in basalt thousands of feet thick from lava flows. Extensive erosion has exposed vast portions above and below the basalt, revealing amazing layers of ash, sediment, and fossils. This includes the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in northeastern Oregon.
In this episode you'll discover:
- the range of plant & animal fossils, and why no dinosaurs are found
- the history of the spectacular geological formations and the impact of erosion
- two explanations: millions of years or a catastrophic event – which is right & why?
This series is produced by Kyle Justice, whose work has appeared on such shows as National Geographic, ESPN, and The Creation Network, along with his creative homeschool-family team. Teen host Noah Justice serves as your guide to truth on the ground at national parks and other geologic locations, bringing you an educational and entertaining adventure!
|Title||Explore John Day Fossil Beds with Noah Justice|
|Subtitle||Awesome Science Episode 6|
|Duration (in Minutes)||30|
|Publisher||New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.|
|Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price||$14.99|
|Dimensions (in inches)||5 x 7 x 1/2|
An excellent learning experience Review by Danika Cooley
What did you think of this book?
Our family loves (loves, loves) exploring God’s beautiful creation and we’ve been to many of these sites in the western United States, which makes learning about the science behind the amazing nature all the more special for us.
I’ve reviewed each of the ten Awesome Science DVDs independently with purchase links below each one.
About the Videos
I love the emphasis of this series on viewing scientific data through the lens of biblical history, and upon the gospel message in each video. Noah Justice discusses the scientific data for each area, explaining how secular scientists interpret the evidence. He then explains the way Creation scientists interpret data through the lens of biblical history before comparing the evidence for each viewpoint. Noah Justice also talks about how the catastrophic, global Flood of Noah explains the geology and other science (including chemistry and microbiology) of each area. At the end of each video, he explains that God once judged the earth through the global flood. Jesus will return, and God will judge the earth again, this time by fire (2 Peter). He explains the gospel and the need to repent and follow Christ.
Noah Justice is ages 14-17 in the ten videos so far (twelve videos by the time you read this!), and he does a wonderful job of presenting some tough scientific concepts in the course of just 30 minutes for each video. The first six videos have a coordinating study guide with vocabulary, worksheets, and additional written information to go with the video. With the depth of information involved, I’d suggest a copy for each student! This series–with the study guides–is an excellent choice for science over the course of a year for grades 4-9 or so.
The Awesome Science series is produced by Noah’s father, Kyle Justice, whose work has appeared on such networks as National Geographic, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel, along with his creative homeschool-family team.
Explore John Day Fossil Beds (Episode 6)
Noah Justice talks about the basalt lava flows that created the sedimentary beds in the fossil bed areas in Oregon. John Day was a hunter and trapper who came to Oregon in 1812. The Fossil Beds cover about 14,000 acres. There are ten separate rock formations in the canyon, which fit into the column of ages. Noah Justice explains how secular scientists and biblical Creationists both use the column, yet interpret it differently. He explains how the Flood would have impacted the geological formations in the area, and how those areas would have looked had they not formed as a result of a flood. Science shows that the layers formed in water. Noah Justice also talks about the excavation of the Columbia River bed, explaining how there is evidence that giant sheet erosion carved the John Day Fossil Beds, with a huge amount of draining water carrying large amounts of earth into the Pacific Ocean.
Noah Justice shows us the many leaf fossils in the Palisades area, explaining that the fact that the leaves were fresh–not withered, showing that the fossils were quickly formed. The fossils from the area show that the earth was more temperate and tropical than it is now, assuming the plants were from the area, not carried from another area of the earth. It is likely that the plants were carried in by water. We also see petrified logs planted in the cliffs, which would indicate a large-scale flood.
Noah Justice then moves on to the animal fossils found in the Fossil Beds. The forest animals found are quite different from the animals we know today, and the area is fairly barren (14 inches of annual rain). There are fossils of mammals, but also of fish, flying creatures, and salamanders. The evidence points to the idea that the John Day Fossil Beds are a giant burial ground from a global flood, with plants and animals from other areas being buried all at once.
The Gable Creek Conglomerates have quartzite layers, which must have come from another part of the country. They intersect with sandstone that was formed underwater, from currents coming from an opposite direction. Picture Gorge is a canyon with at least 17 distinct lava flows. These may have come from fissures. The Gorge walls are near-vertical, showing they are young in age. The John Day Formation is made of different colors of ash. The mammal fossils in the Formation are disjointed, and show they may have formed beneath shifting waters. At Goose Rock, we also see intersecting rock types and layers coming from different directions, indicating a formation or deposit of rocks beneath shifting water.
I want to thank Master Books for providing me with the Awesome Science with Noah Justice DVD set in return for my honest opinion.
(Posted on 1/12/2016)