When asked to imagine the biggest, deepest, longest canyon one can imagine, an image of the Grand Canyon will often pop into a person's mind.The Grand Canyon is a site of almost unfathomable grandeur, which inspires awe in anyone who sees it.
It is generally held by the scientific community that the Grand Canyon formed by the slow erosion of the Colorado River over millions of years. Steve Austin, however, has proposed an entirely different theory on the age and formation of the canyon and wrote a book explaining his theories titled Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe. Austin believes that the canyon was formed extremely rapidly during the period immediately following the global flood of Noah in the biblical book of Genesis. Austin proposed that the canyon is thousands, not millions of years old.Austin's third division consists of the flat-lying sedimentary layers that make up the bulk of Grand Canyon rocks, and he attributes these layers to sedimentation during the early part of Noah's Flood.The fourth division contains evidence of erosion and deposition, which Austin attributes to the final stages of the Flood as the waters were receding.In supporting his theory, Austin tries to discredit evidence used by those with opposing views.One way he does this is by pointing out the discrepancies in Radiometric dating, specifically of Grand Canyon rocks.This fits into the larger field of Creation Science, in which people try to prove with scientific evidence that the world is only 6,000 years old. Austin's claims and delve into the evidence he uses to support them by examining his book. Austin supports his claim with theories of rapid erosion and Flood deposition of fossils.
He also addresses issues like radiometric dating, in which he attempts to cast doubt on established scientific methods of dating Earth's features.
Austin explains that rapid erosion of bedrock can occur through the processes of cavitation bubbles, hydraulic plucking, and hydraulic vortexes, which can erode large amounts of relatively hard rock very quickly (Austin 194).
Austin uses several examples of breached dams causing catastrophic flooding to support his claim.
These five divisions account for all of the rocks present in the canyon.
Austin's rock divisions have the same temporal sequence as in mainstream geology; however, they vary enormously on the age of each event of deposition and erosion. Austin's aim in giving his dates is explicitly clear with the name of one of his chapters: "A Creationist View of Grand Canyon Strata".
Austin believes this rock is the remnant of the crust of the earth created during the first part of Creation Week.