Frozen in Time

I highly recommend a chapter on Frozen Mammals in Dr. Walter Brown’s online version of his book, In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood.

Dr. Brown’s thorough analysis of the evidence explains how thousands of mammoths were frozen rapidly. Some with food still in their mouths.

As an aside, Dr. Brown mentions two interesting reports in this chapter. (I include the sources in the NOTES.)

The first is from Tibet in 1846. M. Huc, a missionary, and others in his party, encamped on the banks of the Mourousi-Oussou (which feeds into the Blue, or Yangtze, River).  Huc wrote:

At the moment of crossing the Mouroui-Oussou, a singular spectacle presented itself. While yet in our encampment, we had observed at a distance some black shapeless objects ranged in file across the great river. No change either in form or distinctness was apparent as we advanced, nor was it till they were quite close that we recognized in them a troop of the wild oxen. There were more than fifty of them encrusted in the ice. No doubt they had tried to swim across at the moment of congelation [freezing], and had been unable to disengage themselves. Their beautiful heads, surmounted by huge horns, were still above the surface; but their bodies were held fast in the ice, which was so transparent that the position of the imprudent beasts was easily distinguishable; they looked as if still swimming, but the eagles and ravens had pecked out their eyes.

Closer in time and closer to the Siberian mammoths is a report from 1948.  Y.N. Popov was investigating frozen Siberian mammals. He describes a subterranean frozen river with fish seen clearly in it:

There are some cases of finds of not only dead mammals, but also fishes, unfortunately lost for science. In 1942, during road construction in the Liglikhtakha River valley (the Kolyma Basin) an explosion opened a subterranean lens of transparent ice encasing frozen specimens of some big fishes. Apparently the explosion opened an ancient river channel with representatives of the ancient ichthyological fauna [fish]. The superintendent of construction reported the fishes to be of amazing freshness, and the chunks of meat thrown out by the explosion were eaten by those present.

It’s amazing to think of rivers freezing solid with oxen and fish trapped in motion! Dr. Brown explains how incredible it is for rivers to freeze:

Any explanation for these strange discoveries must recognize that streams freeze from the top down. The ice formed floats and then insulates the warmer liquid water below. The thicker the ice grows, the harder it is for the liquid’s heat to pass up through the ice layer and into the cold air. Freezing a stream fast enough to trap more than fifty upright oxen in the act of swimming across seems impossible, especially because a stream’s velocity varies across its width. Therefore, different parts of the stream should freeze over many days or hours.

I recommend Dr. Brown’s chapter on Frozen Mammoths. as amazing evidence for Noah’s global flood. Check the left sidebar for the Table of Contents to consider other fascinating studies on the Grand Canyon, the origins of comets, and more.


  • The two illustrations are from Dr. Brown’s In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood, Frozen Mammoths, Evidence Requiring an Explanation.
  • The swimming oxen account is from M. Huc, Recollections of a Journey through Tartary, Thibet [Tibet], and China, During the Years 1844, 1845, and 1846. Vol. 2 (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1852), pp. 130–131. This report is also quoted in Charles Lyell, Principles of Geology, 11th edition, Vol. 1 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1872), p. 188. Some earlier editions didn’t include the report.
  • Frozen fish underground reported in Y. N. Popov, “New Finds of Pleistocene Animals in Northern USSR,” Nature, No. 3, 1948, p. 64. This is not the British journal, but the former Soviet journal, Nature.

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