Bible Question:

What happened to the flood waters of Noah's day? Could the North and South Poles be where half or most of the water could have ended up? Does scripture say anything about it?

Bible Answer:

The Bible tells us a tremendous flood on the earth where the flood waters completely covered the land. According to Genesis and Proverbs 8:24-29, God placed a water canopy above the earth at the same time He created subterranean springs and oceans of water on the earth. It is these three sources of water that God used to cause the flood.

Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. (NASB) Genesis 1:6-7

When He established the heavens, I was there, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, when He made firm the skies above, when the springs of the deep became fixed, when He set for the sea its boundary, so that the water should not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth . . . (NASB) Prov. 8:27-29

The Flood

God caused the flood – Noah’s Flood – to occur by releasing the water canopy above the earth and the springs below the earth. With the oceans and seas of water on the earth, the waters covered the face of the land.

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. (NASB) Genesis 7:11

Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained . . . (NASB) Genesis 8:2

When God decided to bring the flood to an end, He had to do something with the water. Scripture says that He then raised the land to form mountains and dropped the land to form valleys.

Thou didst cover it with the deep as with a garment; The waters were standing above the mountains. At Thy rebuke they fled; At the sound of Thy thunder they hurried away. The mountains rose; the valleys sank down To the place which Thou didst establish for them. (NASB) Psalm 104:6-8

This caused the waters to form oceans and seas. The scientists tell us that with the water canopy removed, the poles would be cold and ice would form. Here is a statement from Whitcomb and Morris.

As we have already seen, there is strong evidence that the climate of the entire world prior to the Flood was uniformly mild and pleasant. This snow, falling primarily in the arctic and Antarctic regions, was . . . derived via the hydrologic cycle from the waters which only recently were covering the earth. Great amounts of snow also accumulated in the mountains which had just been uplifted. In this way, large amounts of water were removed from the oceans and stored in the polar regions in the form of great ice caps, which in some instances are believed by glacial geologists to have attained the immense size of continental ice sheets thousands of feet thick and thousands of square miles in area. This agency [was the] . . . cause of the retreat of the globe-encircling waters off the continents.

Whitcomb and Morris,The Genesis Flood, Baker Book house, Grand Rapids, MI. p. 292.

Conclusion:

God created the world out of nothing by his command.

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (NASB) Heb. 11:3

God caused the flood by His command. We do not need a natural event to explain it. After the flood, He formed high mountains and deep valleys. The waters that naturally covered the earth would have gravitated to the poles to form snow glacial ice caps. The ice caps are reminders of God’s power and God’s hatred of sin. The rainbow that was established after the flood is a reminder of His splendid love for us!