Continental Uplifts and a Major Orogeny

To Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

(Genesis 10:25) NKJV

How do we account for fossils when the fossils are older than the geographic features that they’re part of? “Marked world-wide continental uplifts and a major orogeny resulting in the rise of the Alps.“

Orogeny means a process in which a section of the earth’s crust is folded and deformed by lateral compression to form a mountain range.

– Orogeny, defintion

The event that this orogeny is part of is what we refer to as Peleg’s tectonics. This is a stumbling block for most creationists because they want to conflate plate tectonics with Noah’s flood. This presents a problem when it comes time to account for the distribution of biodiversity, and thorny issues like how did the Marsupials and Monotremes get to Australia? The simple answer is that Pangaea was contiguous landmass for 101 years after Noah’s flood, evidently enough time for animals and people groups to spread out across the surface of the Earth before the continents were separated.

Peleg’s Tectonics

The breakup of Pangaea had to be after Noah’s flood to account for the distribution of biodiversity. It’s how the monotremes got to Australia.

The Time Span from Noah’s Flood to Peleg (Genesis 11:10-26)

  • Arphaxad was born 2 years after the flood,
  • He was 35 at the birth of Selah,
  • Selah was 30 at the birth of Eber,
  • Eber was 34 at the birth of Peleg,
  • 2 + 35 + 30 + 34 = 101 Years

Peleg’s tectonics happened when the expansion of hell completely melted the foundations of the Earth. The pillars of the Earth lost their support and the Earth underwent radial shrinkage and circumferential shortening.

Comparison of Earth before and after Peleg's tectonics.
Peleg’s Tectonics account for radial shrinkage and circumferential shortening.

This gives us a way to account for the major mountain building events (orogenies) which caused the uplift of the Appalachians, Rockies, Himalayas and Alps.


The expansion of hell melted the foundations of the Earth. This caused the pillars of the Earth to collapse and the tectonic breakup of Pangaea.

This was a world-wide catastrophe which in places produced localized flooding. The areas may have been extensive as continents rose and fell, but it wasn’t a world-wide flood like in the days of Noah. That being said there would have been deposits of sediment which included fossils. We’re going to have to come up with a new name for this Era in geological history: the Pelegian.

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