It is amazing how scientist (geologist, paleobotanist, etc.) refuse to consider a Biblical explanation for the phenomena that we find buried in the earth.
This article is an excellent example of the lengths to which they will go to explain things like a fossil forest apart from the Bible.
What they have found in this coal mine is exactly what we would expect to find if there had been a world wide flood. But of course to admit this is to put us to close to the Biblical account of Noah and the flood, which places us in close proximity to creation, which makes the possibility of God more acceptable, which means we have someone to whom we must give account and this is simply unacceptable.
“We’re looking at one instance in time over a large area. It’s literally a snapshot in time of a multiple square mile area,” said study team member Scott Elrick of the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS). ” This would be in keeping with Noah's flood.
"Over millions of years as sediments and plant material pile up, layer upon layer, the resulting bands become time indicators with the newest, youngest layer on the top and the oldest layer at the bottom." In order for fossils to be formed the plant material must be covered up rapidly, else it decays. This is in keeping with Noah's flood.
"The scientists think a major earthquake about 300 million years ago caused the region to drop below sea level where it was buried in mud. They estimate that within a period of months the forest was buried, preserving it “forever.” Here they admit that what they have discovered could not have taken years but must have happened in a few months. They think it was a major earthquake about 300 million years ago that buried this area in mud. Noah's flood would have the capacity to do this very thing and that was only about 4,400 years ago.
“Some of these tree stumps have been covered geologically speaking in a flash,” Elrick said. This would be in keeping with Noah's flood.
ICR has an excellent video on Mount St. Helens. I would highly recommend it for those who would like to have a better understanding of catastrophe theory. The notable thing is that what scientist tell us takes place over millions of years took place in some cases in a few minutes at Mount St. Helens. It does not take millions of years.