Mammoths pose a mystery to science. How did they get frozen? The answer to this question is not a simple one. How could normal weather freeze an animal that is quite large like a Mammoth quickly enough to preserve them as they are found. Temperatures would have drop drastically, in a few hours to a -150 degrees or lower. Based on the range of places they are found, this had to be a widespread, worldwide, not just a local phenomena.
What are exactly Mammoths? Mammoths were elephant-like creatures, with tusks and a trunk. The tusks were extremely long in some cases, up to 13 feet long. Their size is approximately that of a modern day African Elephant. Mammoths had something unique over elephants today. That is they had long hair.
At one time, mammoths were thought to be a species that burrowed underground, like a mole, and ate earth, sometimes causing earthquakes by their burrowing! Perhaps this was because the living animal was never seen above ground though the dead bodies of them were found. Sometimes the flesh of mammoths has been found frozen. The question is did mammoths live in cold climates? There is some evidences that they did not. Mammoths had hair not fur. Animals living in cold climates have fur with the ability to fluff this fur up by means of tiny muscles in their skin. This traps air in tiny pockets, which insulates them from the cold. Scientists who examined frozen mammoths, amazingly have not found such muscles under the skin of mammoths. Stomach contains of mammoths that were frozen had species of plants from milder climates. One mammoth in particular that was found frozen near the Berezovka River in Siberia revealed much with its stomach contents. Forty species of plants were identified, some of which grow in Mexico, which indicates a milder climate than currently exists in Siberia.
Something else to the mystery of the frozen mammoths is they were flash frozen. Frozen food experts have said that temperature had to drop to -150 degrees or even to -175 degrees F for mammoths to be frozen in such a well preserved condition. To accomplish this freezing, there would have to be a transfer of heat away from the mammoths. Cold is not a “thing” as such, but the absence of a thing called heat. Heat is transferred away from an object when there is another, colder object to absorb heat, The transfer is in the direction away from the hotter body to the colder body. This extreme cold was a sudden thing that quickly froze the mammoths in their tracts.
The worldwide flood according to Genesis 6-8 fits the scenario on how the mammoths were flash frozen. The Bible tells us that the “fountains of the deep were broken up.” (Genesis 7:11) Water came up from under the surface of the earth. This water was under pressure when it gushed out and carried this water and rock debris up high into the atmosphere, even out to where the air is thin and the temperature is very extremely cold. This extremely cold water mixed with sediments, buried the mammoths quickly and flash froze them in their tracts. Some of the mammoths were eating at the time because they found some of these milder climate type plants still in their mouths. This ice mud that entrapped them acted like a deep freezer locking in this extreme cold.