If you have ever visited a large cave, you may have heard the
guide warn you, "Don't touch the formations! They took millions
of years to form!" Hanging from the ceiling of the cave were
probably many beautiful pointed rock hangings, called
stalactites. They are formed by mineral deposits left by dripping
water over time.
The guide may even have told you that it takes a thousand years to
grow a stalactite an inch. Carlsbad Caverns is supposed to have taken
250 million years to grow. But is it true? If so, the world must be
millions of years old, and the Genesis account of creation completely wrong.
Dr. Kent Hovind, in his video "The Age of the Earth," offers many
surprising facts demonstrating that the world cannot possibly be this
Among them is a photo of stalactities, some 50 inches in length, that have been formed by
dripping water under the Lincoln Memorial, built in 1922. These
stalactites have grown nearly 2/3 inch per year! So much for
the "thousand years per inch" idea.
Hovind also shows a photo of a bat covered by flowstone in a
cave before he could rot. Imagine how long this bat would have
had to lie here dead, without rotting, for this flowstone to
cover him as it has! Obviously, these mineral deposits occur
much more rapidly than we are led to believe.
If in fact God created the world 6,000 years ago, and then
destroyed it by a flood 4,400 years ago, we should expect
to find many of the oldest things in the world to be somewhat
less than 4,400 years old.
Hovind, in his seminar, offers many examples, including:
- The Great Barrier Reef, the oldest and largest
reef in the world, has been determined to be 4,200 years old.
- The world's oldest tree is 4,300 years old.
- Minerals being washed into the ocean by erosion would
bring the salt content of the ocean to its present level in less
than 5,000 years!