Imagining the Pre-Flood World, Part 2

by Ark Encounter on June 26, 2014

In the previous blog post, we mentioned that one of the projects we will be tackling at the Ark Encounter is figuring out some of the specifics of what the pre-Flood world may have been like. The world was a very wicked place prior to the Flood, but in the midst of such darkness, God’s creation undoubtedly bore witness to its Creator. How might the creation have demonstrated the handiwork of God’s fingers? We have written out some additional considerations below.

What Were the Earth’s Climate and Geography Like?

  • What weather and climates existed at that time?
  • Were there subtle environmental indicators of the coming catastrophe?
  • Where were the rivers, hills, and seas?
  • Did the early earth have jungles, deserts, or savannahs?
  • Were there islands?
Pre-Flood Map

A small section of an early concept map of the pre-Flood world

What Did the Plants and Animals Look Like?

  • What sort of interaction did people have with animals that are now extinct?
  • Did people try to use some of the large dinosaurs for various tasks? Were they a nuisance? Were they hunted?
  • How lush was the vegetation?
  • Did certain plants and animals go extinct prior to the Flood? If so, what might they have looked like?
Araucaria Trees

Araucaria trees from Chile. Though fairly isolated today, fossils of this genus reveal that it was proliferous in the pre-Flood world; perhaps even being a food source for sauropod dinosaurs. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Bible provides some clues to help us answer some of our questions, but it remains silent on many others. In areas where Scripture is silent and when necessary we will use artistic license to fill in the gaps, but we must be sure that our ideas do not contradict God’s Word in any way.

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