Garden of Eden

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A 3-D reconstruction of Antarctica's topography beneath its 2-mile ice layer created using radar survey data. The continent was relatively flat with a 'lazy river' running through what researchers describe as a 'spectacular valley' drained by other slow-moving rivers. Photo credit: Stuart N. Thomson/UA department of geosciences.

The Garden of Eden's existence has been questioned by atheists in the past because the unique river system described in Genesis 2 has not been observed to exist anywhere on Earth, until now. While such a system would have pre-existed the Flood and the breakup of Pangaea described in Genesis 10:25 and 1 Chronicles 1:19, at least some aspects of it should still be identifiable. It is now becoming apparent that GOD locked the Garden of Eden under a continent of ice, a more effective deterrent from human meddling then the original approach, an angel with a flaming sword.

River System

The subglacial Antarctic river system and its overlying ice sheet. Photo credit: L. Prothro, Rice University. Schematic by Lindsay Prothro, Lauren Simkins, and John Anderson of Rice University.

The Garden of Eden's unique river system is described in Genesis 2 as splitting into four tributaries which, unusually, stem from Eden itself.

Antarctica Geographical Mapping

Recent mapping of Antarctica using sonar have revealed for the first time that a complex ancient river system continues to flow liquid water beneath Antarctica's ice, a system which perfectly fits the description in Genesis 2. An ice stream completely reverses retreat direction, first going to the south, then to the west, and finally to the north.[1] Liquid water is able to form in West Antarctica due to the intervention of an ancient rocky structure, a tectonic boundary of the Ross Ice Shelf that separates "warm, melt-promoting ocean water" to keep water liquid in West Antarctica and frozen solid in East Antarctica.[2] East Antarctica shows signs of creation.[3] Although it was once believed that Antarctica's geography was the result of glacial carving, it was discovered in late 2018 that it was rather the result of Antarctica's river system.[4]

Nature of Eden

Watered by Mists

Artist's depiction of dinosaurs foraging beneath Antarctica's Southern Lights. Photo credit: BBC News.

The vegetation in Eden was also watered by mists which rose up from the ground, indicating a tropical climate system similar to that in rainforests like the Amazon.


Antarctica was once covered in lush rainforests similar to those on New Zealand today where dinosaurs foraged for food. To quote Dr. Vanessa Bowman of the University of Leeds, "We commonly find whole fossilised logs that must have come from really big trees."[5]

{{cquote|"'It was a green beautiful place,' said Prof Jane Francis, of Leeds University's School of Earth and Environment. 'Lots of furry mammals including possums and beavers lived there. The weather was tropical. It is only in the recent geological past that it got so cold'... A kilometre under the seabed at Wilkes Land in east Antarctica, they found sediments containing the pollen of plants that only thrive in the tropics today. 'We have found the same kind of material, from the same period, in the Arctic as well. These show the poles were just as warm as lands at the equator,' said Brinkhus. 'Carbon dioxide turned the planet into a uniformly warm hothouse.'" -Robin McKie, The Guardian, 2011.[6]

Fossilized tree rings from Antarctica. Photo credit: BBC News.

Evidence of Pangaea in East Antarctica

East Antarctica bears signs of Pangaea's breakup.


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    Simkins, L., Anderson, J., Greenwood, S., Gonnermann, H., Prothro, L., Halberstadt, A., Stearns, L., Pollard, D., & DeConto, R. (2017, August 21). "Anatomy of a Meltwater Drainage System Beneath the Ancestral East Antarctic Ice Sheet." Nature Geosciences 10:691–697. doi:10.1038/ngeo3012
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  4. University of Edinburgh (2018, November 18). "Antarctica's Hidden Landscape Shaped by Rivers in Warmer Era." AAAS.
  5. Falcon-Lang, H. (2011, February 8). "Secrets of Antarctica's Fossilized Forests." BBC News.
  6. McKie, R. (2011, July 16). "When Antarctica Was a Tropical Paradise." The Guardian.
  7. Andrews, R.G. (2018, November 23). "Beneath Antarctica's Ice is a Graveyard of Dead Continents." New York Times.