WORLD is a biweekly news magazine with a Christian perspective.The author of this article, Marvin Olasky, accompanied 5 YE creationists on a rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, and relays their views on the geological features.The rock layers above the Vishnu Complex and Supergroup are fairly flat. The next up, not labeled in the figure above, is the Bright Angel Shale.
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Nearly all geologists understand these layers to have been deposited over the course of hundreds of millions of years.
This essay starts with a tour of the Grand Canyon, noting evidence that shows the Canyon rocks are indeed very old.
We march through this article, note the points made by the creationists, and show them to be at odds with reality.
Finally, we attempt to understand how intelligent, good-willed folks like these YE creationists can continue to believe that they are right and the rest of the world is wrong in interpreting the geology of the Grand Canyon.
The flats on either side are mainly the Tapeats Sandstone layer, with a gray slope of soft Bright Angel Shale showing at upper right.