Where did Noah’s Floodwater Go?

Where could all the water from a global flood go?

Where could all the water from a global flood go?
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The Bible tells us that God judged the ancient world by sending a global flood to destroy essentially everything. Only eight people escaped the deluge. But if water covered all the mountains of the entire earth (Genesis 7:19-20), then exactly where did the massive amounts of water — that is needed to cover the earth — go? After all, the earth is not fully covered with water today! Answer: absolutely nowhere. It stayed right here on earth!

Psalm 104 explains:

“[God] laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. You covered it with the deep [‘deep’ is a term for ocean] as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they [the waters] fled; at the voice of your thunder they hasted away. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which you have founded for them. You have set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.”

In other words, valleys on the originally relatively smooth Earth started to sink even lower and the water rushed into the sinking valleys since water seeks the low places. So the answer to the floodwater ‘problem’ is straightforward: the water is still here today in the form of oceans which reside in the low places of earth.

How Can Valleys Sink Down?

By what mechanism might mountains rise and valleys sink? One must recognize that there would have been a lot of geologic upheaval in the worldwide flood. Creationists believe that the sliding of earth’s plates into one another would cause high places and low places. This would happen in much the same way that carpet pieces form ‘mountains’ and ‘valleys’ when forced lengthways against a wall.

And so this common question of where the floodwater went has a very simple answer. It is of no challenge to the Bible.

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