Instant Rock

We live in an age of “instant” things — instant gratification, instant coffee, instant oatmeal…

Rocks, on the other hand, are supposed to be the epitome of slow. Not only do they not move (or move very slowly via plate tectonics), but they also are supposed to have formed very slowly. But nobody scientifically observed the rocks forming. Therefore, it’s not really rational and scientific to think we know that the Earth must have formed over a long time, or argue that the animals and people coming off Noah’s Ark would have sunk into and drowned in a deep ocean of soft muck that would take a very long time to turn into rock.

This is especially true since scientists have conducted experiments in which they observed sediments becoming hardened rapidly. One example that was brought forward recently is described by Tas Walker in “RAPID ROCK – UNEXPECTED APPLICATION FOR HARD-ROCK RECIPE.” As you can read for yourself using that link, “Australian scientists have developed a revolutionary new chemical process that transforms loose sediment into rock within days” and it “mimics natural processes.”

You may object that this particular case involves humans applying the chemicals. Not much of an objection, since the chemicals are ordinary and naturally occurring. Besides, this sort of thing doesn’t require humans using technology to apply chemicals. A lowly bacterium can produce the same effect, as described as early as 2009 in “From sand to rock—quickly!” by David Catchpoole.  Check it out!

It is commonly said that nothing is certain in science, and yet many people seem to treat some things as “scientific facts” which must be true, when they’ve never been verified by the fundamental scientific method, and aren’t even subject to it.  Even if we didn’t know how sand and sediment could harden rapidly, it wouldn’t be properly scientific to say it couldn’t happen. There are other kinds of rocks, but they may have their own ways of forming rapidly — and there are observations and experiments showing some of them.  We should always remember that we don’t know what we don’t know!

Sadly, evolutionists often would rather close their eyes (and mouths) when it comes to exploring possibilities that go against their beliefs. As Tas Walker describes in his article, one of the researchers simply refused to even respond to inquiries by creationists. You can see this for yourself in the Construction News article, “Scientists’ spray has proven rock steady” 11 October, 2001, By Paul Thompson. Scroll down or do a page search (CTRL-F) for “creationists” to see it in context.  Sad to see such close-mindedness at work.