HOW FAST CAN FOSSILS AND STALACTITES FORM?
A Research Report by Joseph Hubbard

During a research trip to Colchester, Essex, UK; we were able to add another example to our list of fast stalagmite formation. We were down in Essex to do research on the London Clay beds in that area, which are well known for their fossil shark teeth. We stayed at a small caravan park right next to Weeley Bridge train station. One day our  usual road out was blocked, so we had change route and drive under the railway bridge where we noticed rain water overflow pipes at regular intervals, and hanging from these pipes, were large stalactites! They varied in size, but were all larger than 15 cm, with the largest one (pictured) being 19 cm (11 ½ in).

We then also discovered, underneath all the stalactites, particularly under the largest one, a beautiful, layered formation had built up on the ground. Its layers were distinct against the bridge wall and seemed to be  a small, thick stalagmite.  What was most interesting was the preserved leaves found inside the formation. We discovered at least  six leaves that had obviously blown under the bridge and been caught up in the limestone-filled water. These had then been covered by lime and incorporated into the deposit preserved.Stagamite3 They became per-mineralised and are essentially fossils. Of course, the secular definition of a fossils is “ the remains or traces of organisms that lived at least 10,000 years ago.”* which means that these leaves would not be labelled as fossils by ‘experts’ , despite the fact that they are chemically and physically the same as fossils. How do we know that? By using the following  simple geochemical test.

However, a simple test with hydrochloric will show what  the stalactites, per-mineralised leaves and stalagmite formations under this bridge are made of. HCl  acid reacts with limestone to produce CO2 gas-filled bubbles. When we tested the samples with hydrochloric acid, look at the results! Bubbles and foam galore! The sceptics claim who claim that the stalactites, per-mineralised leaves and stalagmite formations under this bridge not the same as the lime in the limestone caves where stalactites form are provable wrong!

So, having established that the stalactites are genuinely the same as those claimed to be extremely ancient in caves, how old are these stalactites?

 Weeley Bridge Station was first built in 1866, 150 years ago. However the bridge that the stalactites/leaves were found under was built in 1930 – only 86 years ago! That means that the stalactites took 86 years max. to form. Wow! We never get told this in secular media, yet it is true! Stagamite5

Even more impressive are the stalactites we found at Grimes Graves Flint Mines, in Norfolk, UK. These are ancient flint mines that have been re-excavated, and opened up for the public. On a trip there, I found stalactites forming on the concrete covering the mine. The longest one was over 30 cm in length. When I asked the man who worked there, he told me the concrete had first been put there in 1986, 30 years ago (at date of writing ). Using these dates, the stalactites grew at an average rate of 1 cm per year. However, the man also told me that the stalactites began to grow only 6 years ago, after a large amount of rain meant they had to re-vamp the mine, and open it up more. If this is right, it means  the stalactites took only 6 years to grow, averaging  5 cm a year!

Example like these show that the Earth doesn’t need to be extremely old to explain large cave stalactites, so there is no need to dismiss the biblical timeline on creation as being ‘too young.’ Therefore God’s Word can be trusted from the very beginning. Praise God for the evidence he provides to back up His Word!

*http://library.sandiegozoo.org/fossil_dating.html 

://www.nps.gov/akso/nature/science/ak_park_science/PDF/Vol13

Following Joseph’s report on the mineralised leaves the Creation Research team added another experiment in our on-going research into the rapid formation for stalactites. For a description of the experiment and initial results click here.

 

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