IT'S REAL GOLD that we showed to our Castlemaine field trippers this year. The Castlemaine, Victoria area is  famous as an historic gold site and pictured (right) is some  recently found gold. But we were after better than gold –   the evidence that God created the world, and the world  was destroyed by Noah's flood.

Several groups of High School students have visited sites with us during 2011 and pictured below is a group of grade 11 & 12 students as they ponder how a 10 metre exposure of sedimentary beds formed. They were trying to answer,  how long these rock layers took to form, and on average  how such rock formed each year.

They found it very helpful when our local gold miner guide told them that this feature was actually a man made sedimentary bed, formed as the sediments were washed out of the old gold crushing plants and the 10 metres took  50 years to be deposited. So how much sediment formed  each year? The maths was simple, they just divided 10  metres by 50 years to find that approximately 20cm a year  formed. The students were amazed when they saw the  portion covered by the hand span (right) proved to have  formed in less than one year, and averaged 20 to 50  sedimentary layers. The local mining guide explained – in  those days they worked 6 days and rested one so the  breaks in the beds probably represent Sunday, their day  off. Surprisingly these semi-consolidated beds showed all  the features of sediments such as those in the Grand  Canyon.

But when you apply this 20cm per year rate, to sedimentary structures such as the Grand Canyon fossil  layers – the whole fossil bearing portion of the Grand  Canyon, around ½ kilometre thick, required no more than  2500 years to form. The point to be made is not that we  have proved that the rocks in the Grand Canyon took 2500  years, instead of more than 250 million – but the time  strata takes to form depends on the process and not vice  versa.

In today's society, people make time the hero of the plot and most think given long enough rocks will form. But time doesn't make rocks - process does! And the type of process determines how long the rock structure actually takes to form.

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