Report on Charles Lyell

Report on Charles Lyell

By Evan, Age 11

Charles Lyell was born in Scotland on November 14,th 1797. Charles Lyell was 19 years old when he went to Oxford University. At Oxford, Charles was interested in law, geology, math, and the classics. He went to a lecture by William Buckland in geology. That lecture made Charles on fire for geology. He started being a lawyer, but went back to geology. In 1832 Charles Lyell wrote "Principles of Geology, Being an attempt to explain the former changes of the Earth's surface, by reference to causes now in operation. The New York Times said that his book "has, by its beautiful simplicity banished forever the catastrophes and cataclysms formerly relied on for solution of all difficulties, and shown how much may be effected by patient and intelligent observation of natural phenomena toward elucidating its conditions." On the front cover of Principles of Geology, there was a drawing of the Temple Serapis. The temple had been on land, then under water, then back again. It had been damaged by seaborne life. Charles Lyell thought that it was evidence for slow and gradual processes, or Uniformitarianism.

In 1848, Charles was knighted for science. In 1863, Charles Lyell wrote "The Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man , with remarks on Theories of the Origin of Species by variation". The New York Times said that "the development of geology into a science is wholly the work of this century, and among those who have aided in raising it to its high position, no one has been more influential than the author of this book".

He became a baron in 1864. Charles Lyell thought that man was millions of years old. One of his friends was Charles Darwin. When Charles Darwin went on the Beagle, he had Lyell's "Principles of Geology". Charles Lyell didn't accept Evolution for most of his life. Charles Lyell died in London on February 22nd, 1875.

He is the founder of Uniformitarianism, and he assigned millions of years to the Geologic Column. Uniformitarianism is the belief that present processes (erosion, sediment deposition, volcanic activity, earthquakes, etc.), over millions of years, has formed all of the land features (Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountains, etc.). The Geologic Column is an imaginary column used by evolutionists to date rocks and fossils. The thing about the Geologic Column is that it has never been proven. Some problems are: 1) it goes against the Bible, 2) there are fossils that go through many layers (trees, clams, etc.), 3) there are upside down columns, with the "old" fossils at the top and the "young" fossils at the bottom, etc.

There is also more evidence for rapid burial than slow and gradual burial, including the Grand Canyon. In the Grand Canyon there are fossils of nautiloids, or sea creatures, that are all pointing in the same direction. It looks like when Noah's Flood was receding, the water buried them so quickly that they all pointed in the same direction.

When my family went to Colorado and South Dakota, I learned a lot about the Flood. In Colorado at a dinosaur dig we went to, on the second day, we went on a hike to look for Belemnites (fossilized squid). The amazing thing about Belemnites is they're in a desert at least 1,000 miles away from the nearest ocean AND at 8000 feet above sea level. At another dinosaur dig, the dinosaur we were working on had its neck and arms bent backward like a huge volume of water had gone through that area.