How did Noah's Flood cover the highest mountains?
What about Mount Everest?
MOUNT EVEREST LIES BETWEEN TIBET AND NEPAL IN SOUTHERN ASIA. It is 9 kilometers high and has the highest elevation above sea level of any mountain in the world.
The Book of Genesis, in describing the flood of Noah's time, tells us that “all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered” (Genesis 7:19). In the New Testament, we are told “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:6).
There is no doubt that the Bible is telling us in the clearest terms that this flood was worldwide in extent and that it covered the highest mountains.
Was there enough water?
If the whole earth were fairly level, there would be enough water to cover it to about 3 kilometers. So how could the water from Noah's Flood cover the highest mountains of the world such as Mount Everest at 9 kilometers?
The answer is that Mount Everest — like other high mountains in the Himalayas, Andes, Alps, etc. — was formed after or during the Flood. It didn't exist in its present form before the Flood. We know this because the higher parts of these high mountains contain fossils of sea creatures and seashells, such as trilobites and crinoids, showing that they are composed of rock that was once under water.
Mountains not as high before the Flood
Before the Flood, the mountains were not as high as today, and the ocean valleys were not as deep. Mount Everest and other high mountains were pushed up by the enormous underwater volcanic activity of the Flood (“the fountains of the great deep” — Genesis 7:11) and carved out by the rapid draining away of the waters into the ocean valleys.
So the water didn't have to cover Mount Everest and the other high mountains we see today, because they didn't exist before the Flood. There were hills in the pre-Flood world of course (Genesis 7:19), and it was these that the Bible speaks of when it says the mountains were covered to a depth of 15 cubits (6.75 meters) during the Flood.
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