As emailed to Tas Walker and several others most of whom are not YECs (I also tried to send it to CMI Enquiries in the UK but it refused to send):
"Bolivian salt pans at Salar de Uyuni. http://creation.com/salar-de-uyuni-bolivia
"... the uplift of the continents mid-way through Noah's Flood" (after
150 days of flooding from 40 days of incessant rain covering the
highest mountains by over 20 feet of water, presumably). Really? There
is no mention of any 'uplift' in Genesis. Or are you referring to Psalm
104:8 in the NASB - but that might be referring to 'creation week' as
described in Genesis 1. Genesis implies that the floodwaters receded
from the mountains because it had stopped raining, because of a 'wind',
and because and the 'springs of the deep' and 'floodgates of heaven' had
been closed. Not because (in part) of any drastic worldwide 'uplift' of
what the NIV says were already 'high mountains'.
"In fact, it is only the receding waters of Noah's Flood that explain
these flat plateaus at high elevation." What about glaciers or volcanic
"This uplift was the last major uplift of the continents, which formed
the present-day mountains." Those mountains were there more than 5,000
years ago. And huge ranges such as the Andes, the Alps and the Himalaya
do not all date from the same [typo corrected] single year in Earth's history.
"This water that remained trapped from the Flood would have contained
lots of unusual chemicals and organic material that accumulated during
the Flood, quite different in composition from the sort of environments
that are found today. The waters were also likely warmer than for
similar lakes today." Evidence? And the lithium deposits in Bolivia are
not typical of what is found elsewhere as far as I know.
"Most wood and organic material found in Flood sediments gives 'ages'
in this range." That proves nothing (you dispute the dates of '30,000
to 42,000 years' anyhow). Carbon-14 dating cannot be used to ascertain,
in cases where the animal or plant died longer ago than around 60,000
years, how old organic material is likely to be. Besides (as well as no
worldwide flood 4,500 years ago) there has been precisely no 'ice age'
more recently than that date.
I also note that your receding 'worldwide' Noah's Flood conveniently
not only was accompanied in its latter stages by massive worldwide
'uplift' - forming today's very highest mountains apparently - but at
the same time the draining floodwaters also then managed to carry out a
massive amount of localised erosion in just several months to form
these flat Bolivian salt pans at high altitude (as well as the Grand
Canyon etc). Presumably the erosion either all happened once the
'uplift' had stopped - or (if the two happened concurrently at this
high altitude) the 'uplift' did not prevent the simultaneous erosion
from forming an almost perfectly flath surface (where shallow
depressions allowed lakes to form that later drained leaving behind
unusual and valuable salt deposits)?"
PS Further message to CMI sent on 15 February (referring to the latest comments):
The 'correction factor' is not real. You cannot demonstrate that it is. It is pseudo-science - motivated by fundamentalist religion. Falsification factor would be a more accurate term for what you are performing. I will now check my email to see to see whether my previous rebuttal has been acknowledged, let alone refuted, by anyone at CMI."