And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

Genesis 1:9-13 (ESV)

Then God said, “Let the water beneath the sky be gathered into oceans so that the dry land will emerge.” And so it was. Then God named the dry land “earth”, and the water “seas”. And God was pleased. And he said, “Let the earth burst forth with every sort of grass and seed-bearing plant, and fruit trees with seeds inside the fruit, so that these seeds will produce the kinds of plants and fruits they came from.” And so it was, and God was pleased. This all occurred on the third day.

Genesis 1:9-13 (TLB)

This shows a rise in the continental land mass as well as the earliest plant life.

Probable Time Frame ~2200 mya to 750 mya

  • Significant Rise of Continental Mass ( ~2000 mya )
  • Earliest Fungi ( ~1500 mya )
  • Sexual Reproduction (~1200 mya )
  • Earliest Plants ( ~800 to 650 mya )

Videos about Day 3 of Creation

YouTube TitleDescription
Continental Drift: 3.3. Billion YearsVisualization of continental drift over time. As the video states, it is difficult to talk with much certainty about details before 1 billion years ago.
What Was The Earth Like 1 Billion Years Ago?What the earth was like during the "Boring Billion" years ago.
What Was The "Boring Billion" Really Like?The earth from about 1800 to 800 mya, sometimes referred to the "boring billion" year period.
What Was The Earth Like 2 Billion Years Ago?History of investigations about what the earth was like 2 bya.
Were Volcanoes The Key To Life?Covers much of earth history and includes an overview of the uniqueness of plate tectonics.
The World Before Plate Tectonics<Covers how and why plate tectonics started.