First I will just ask you this Wibble; would you concede that even if to your mind there seems to be no way by which a flood could create the chalk beds, would you concede that at least technically speaking, there could possibly be some unknown factor, you aren't aware of, that might mean that somehow a flood could have laid them down? I am sure you would concede that neither you nor I nor anyone else here, is all-knowing, that for something as unknown as a world-scale catastrophe which we cannot test, it would seem at least somewhat probable there may be factors involved we do not know?
If your answer is, "yes, it's possible there is some unknown factors, at least technically", then obviously if that is true, the conclusion "there is no way a flood could do it", is really this conclusion; "it is impossible". And if that is your conclusion, then it doesn't follow if in fact it is physically possible but we either don't know how or don't quite know how.
Of course nor I or anyone else is all knowing but you can’t get out of every crushing argument against the flood/YEC by appealing to some unknown factor to rescue your position. Perhaps all those coccoliths rained down from outer space ?
So as you can see, I am a creationist, but logic has led me to an implication which would favour long ages. That means I have the ability to use critical thinking objectively without involving my own personal agenda.
That’s good, I don’t think a couple of others on here I could mention would have the honesty to admit that.
You certainly can't say it is impossible for a flood, based on something less than 100% knowledge. Indeed, it has been shown that there can be a change in the rate of the production of the necessary organic ooze if there are blooms. There is enough we don't know to rule out your dogmatic conclusion that it, "can't" be a flood.
Yes incredible coccolithophore blooms is the standard creationist argument given by Snelling in CMI and ICR articles, which in turn is based on the earlier work of creationists Roth and Woodmorappe. They have to think of something to counter the stark evidence of massive chalk beds but their argument fails completely (astonishingly, they claim that it all could have been laid by three successive blooms in six days !!).
While blooms are a real phenomenon when conditions are favourable, the creationist arguments ignore the obvious limiting factors that would inevitably prevent a bloom becoming so dense that it could deposit 1500m of calcareous ooze in a few days. It is not possible to dissolve anywhere near that much calcium carbonate in water and a bloom would quickly strip it out anyway as the algal cells died and the coccoliths slowly sank to the seabed. A dense bloom would also be self limiting because being photosynthetic algae, they require light (and indeed coccolithophores can only reproduce in the photic zone which limits the depth of the bloom to 100m at best, which further limits ooze production potential).
There are fossils from benthic (seafloor dwelling) fauna like sea urchins throughout which should only exist at the base of the chalk if subjected to sudden burial by hundreds of metres of ooze. As mentioned before, they can’t have been all scooped up by flood currents and dumped with the ooze because there is a clear evolutionary progression of the aforementioned urchins and other organisms.
All these problems are not even mentioned by the creationist authors let alone tackled. That’s because they don’t want their readers to be aware of these issues.
You can appeal to unknown factors as much as you like but whichever way you look at it you are snookered because attempts at solving one problem only creates others.
Wow.. You put us in a tough situation! We can either believe God and Snelling OR we can believe You and Piasan... Hmmm... Not an easy decision! (Just Kidding) LOL..
Skeptics claim that it is impossible for the chalk beds to have been rapidly deposited during the yearlong biblical Flood. They say it would take a long time for the trillions of foraminifers and coccoliths to breed, grow, die, and be buried to produce these thick chalk beds all around the globe.
When they say this, they assume that ocean water conditions have always been like they are today. But during the global Flood cataclysm, water conditions were very different—hot volcanic waters and nutrients changed the water temperature and chemistry, which caused the rapid blooming of foraminifers and coccoliths in just hours, days, or weeks, not millions of years.
These skeptics also ignore the fact that these chalk beds were deposited across the continents by ocean waters that rose high enough to completely flood the continents.
Meanwhile, the chalk beds are not found under the ocean floor where the limey ooze is today. And today’s limey oozes are nowhere near as pure in calcium carbonate as the chalk beds formed in the past.
Where do we see limey ooze slowly accumulating on the continents today—and burying and fossilizing huge ocean dwellers (like the extinct plesiosaurs and mosasaurs) together with large land dwellers (like the extinct dinosaurs and pterosaurs)? Or what about the fossil found in the Kansas beds of the voracious predatory fish Xiphactinus audax, 13 feet (4 m) long with a nearly perfectly preserved 6-foot-long (1.8 m) fish Gillicus arcuatus inside of it?
Nowhere! We simply do not see such burial and fossilization happening today on such a massive and catastrophic scale.
To fossilize such large creatures, ginormous amounts of sediments had to bury them instantly before the creatures had time to escape. Fish are known to decompose quickly unless they are completely buried within a few days. Yet the fish found fossilized in the chalk beds show no signs of decay. So the claim that the chalk beds accumulated slowly—one grain at a time falling to the bottom of a placid sea—is demolished by the evidence of all these catastrophically buried fossils.
Now also remember that these chalk beds stretch around the globe. So a global distribution of the chalk beds required a global Flood cataclysm, just as the Bible describes.