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The Creation Science Association of Alberta is delighted to announce that geologist Dr. Steven Austin has agreed to come to Edmonton for the November 7/09 weekend. He has agreed to deliver three lectures on the Saturday and also, we expect, one on the Friday evening, in a format much like the hugely successful event with Dr. Kurt Wise, this past fall.  Get the latest here.

Dr. Austin’s training and more recent research programs mean that his lectures will be extremely interesting and beneficial. The October issue of Institute for Creation Research’s Acts and Facts, for example, declared that “the National Creation Science Foundation (NCSF), ICR’s new funding initiative to promote quality research, has awarded its first grant to eminent geologist Dr. Steve Austin. NCSF has signed a major contract with Dr. Austin for his continued management of the Flood-Activated Sedimentation and Tectonics (FAST) project.”

Dr. Austin received his training in geology from four state universities (University of Colorado, University of Washington, San Jose State University in California and Pennsylvania State University). It was at the latter institution that in 1979 Dr. Austin earned his Ph.D. in coal geology. He successfully defended the thesis that the sinking of a massive floating mat of huge club moss trees had resulted in the formation of a uniform layer of coal over a large area in Kentucky. Shortly thereafter, Mount St. Helens erupted and he had the unique opportunity to confirm a hypothesis which he had made based on geological evidence. As a result of the May 1980 events at Mount St. Helens, he was able to observe how a resulting floating log mat behaved on Spirit Lake. These observations from the recent past and the geological past, provided interesting insights into the worldwide flood of Noah.

For more than thirty years Dr. Austin has had a varied and exciting career in research as a geologist. His research adventures have taken him by helicopter into the crater of Mount St. Helens volcano, by raft through the entire Grand Canyon, on horseback into the high Sierra, by four-wheel drive into remote areas of Yellowstone, by elevator into some of the deepest coal mines, by SCUBA onto the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, by bush plane onto high glaciers of Alaska, and on foot into remote desert areas of Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. He loves exploring evidences of catastrophic geologic events, especially the evidences for Noah’s Flood. He most recently went to Argentina to study the geology of some rocks and a river which Charles Darwin mentioned in terms of long slow processes. The visit provided highly successful and Dr. Austin discovered clear evidence of catastrophic process instead.

Currently Dr. Austin is a consulting geologist in private practice. For thirty-six years he was research associated in geology at the Institute for Creation Research. For sixteen years he was Chairman of the Geology Department at ICR. His graduate students have made advancements in industry, research and education. He has been leader of fifteen field tours to Grand Canyon with more than 2000 participants. His popular lectures on Mount St. Helens have been attended by more than 25,000 people. He is author of three books: Catastrophes in Earth History; Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe; and Footprints in the Ash. He has also produced a computer software package, more than thirty technical papers and two video programs.

The February/09 issue of Acts and Facts from Institute for Creation Research, includes an article by Dr. Austin called “Darwin’s First Wrong Turn”. This is about his visit to Argentina this past December carried out to discover if Darwin’s first scientific conclusions, made at this site, were valid or not. Based on these adventures, he put together a ten minute video clip which he made available on YouTube and which it is possible to purchase.



April 2009

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