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Reiko07
Posted: Sunday, July 4, 2021 5:33:37 PM

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Evolutionists and creationists have different views on the origin of sedimentary rock strata. Evolutionists, who uphold the uniformitarian doctrine of 19th-century geologists, suppose that sediments were deposited slowly over millions of years and then hardened into sedimentary rock. This means that soft sediments, however they accumulated, would surely have lithified (hardened into rock) over excessively long periods of time. However, some of these rocks seem to demonstrate the opposite—these layers were clearly deformed before they had time to lithify.
Soft-Sediment Deformation: Recent Flood Evidence

Question: Is however a conjunction or a relative adverb?

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thar
Posted: Sunday, July 4, 2021 5:45:16 PM

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Simplifying the part of interest:
This means that
soft sediments, however they accumulated, would surely have lithified (hardened into rock)
over excessively long periods of time

soft sediments, however they accumulated, would surely have lithified over time


Removing the part within the commas
soft sediments would surely have lithified over time
That makes sense. So now you can reinsert that phrase.

I assume by conjunction you mean "but".
soft sediments, however they accumulated, would surely have lithified

soft sediments, but they accumulated, would surely have lithified


That makes no sense. There is no contradicting idea that needs 'but'. Sediments accumulate. And the sentence structure does not work.


Relative Adverb - in whichever way (how = which way; however = whichever way)

soft sediments, however they accumulated, would surely have lithified

soft sediments, whichever way they accumulated, would surely have lithified

That makes sense. It follows the subject noun as a relative clause.
Sediments can accumulate in various ways. It doesn't matter how they accumulated - they would all still have lithified over time.
Reiko07
Posted: Monday, July 5, 2021 10:44:52 AM

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Thanks, thar.

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