Friday, January 11, 2008

The history of earth

The history of earth

Say:" Journey in the land, then behold how He originated creation

(Qur’an The Spider: 20)

Here is a clear order from God to study the crust of the earth and collect fossils because “…. evidence of things throughout the ages is recorded on the rocks of these ages in the form of fossils or buried things that can be carefully studied and traced back." That is to say, we can read on the layers of its crust the history of its creation.

By the end of the 18th, century the famous geologist, James Hutton said the earth's history is written inside the layers of its crust. Dr. El- Fandy goes on saying:

It is the duty of the geologist to travel through the earth here and there in order to collect the so-called fossils- remainders of the creatures which lived on earth in the past- and then try to arrange them in the order which enables him to follow (or read) their history.

It is a well-known fact that the distribution of land and oceans has completely changed due to the different deluges that had taken place in the past. Hence some segments of animals; plants and humans could be traced in the different layers of the earth's crust. These layers could be likened to pages in a book on which information is written about the history of the creation of the earth.

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