William Buckland and Noah’s Flood

Another extract from our new Ice Age display:

In the 1820s and 1830s the Reverend William Buckland argued that Noah’s Flood in the Bible had once covered Britain, eroding valleys and depositing sand and gravel. Buckland studied fossil bones which he suggested were all from animals wiped out by the flood.

Iceberg Lake

Iceberg Lake, Iceland

Buckland taught at Oxford University where one of his students was Charles Lyell. In 1833, Lyell put forward a powerful case suggesting the deposits had come from melting icebergs drifting across a sea and not the flood suggested by Buckland.

Reindeer antler Robin Hood Cave, Creswell Crags, collected by Boyd Dawkins

Reindeer antler
Robin Hood Cave, Creswell Crags, collected by Boyd Dawkins

Glacial cobble Found near Oxford road, Manchester Originally from Eskdale, The Lake District

Glacial cobble
Found near Oxford road, Manchester
Originally from Eskdale, The Lake District

Thanks to Professor Jamie Woodward who helped put the display together. Find out more in his new book Ice Age VSI

Come and see the new display in the Fossils Gallery, Manchester Museum.

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One Response

  1. In Oxon is mss arguing Flood the after effect of IceAge – see my 2012 PGA article on Buckland and Darwin on Welsh glcaiation

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