In Genesis 7:20 it is said that the water covered 24 feet more than the highest mountains.
NLT - 20 Rising more than twenty-two feet above the highest peaks.
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Some of the water came from underground sources, and some came from the sky. Genesis 7 says, 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
Only God knows where the water came from. There are several interesting theories. I would recommend investigating the "Hydroplate Theory" proposed by Walter Brown PHD and author of "In the Beginning". His website has a video of how the great flood occurred and the results we see all around us at creation science.com. The entire book is free on the website. However, in short, the water came from caverns deep within the Earth's crust (which was under GREAT pressure). Once the caverns began to fail the water erupted from a crack, which quickly encircled the planet. This crack and the resulting movement of land eventually accounts for our mountains, and many other subjects. It is very interesting.
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