| Rapid Calcite Formation
This piece of wood surrounded with calcite was bought at a rock shop in Florida and is now part of Creation Truth Ministries' Traveling Creation Museum collection. This wood was used as a mine prop in a mine that is now a little over 100 years old. It is from Quartz-Mine in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Calcite is the same type of "rock" that makes up many cave formations. Many of the stalagmites and stalactites you may have seen on cave tours are made of the same "rock" that surrounds the piece of man-hewn wood pictured above. In fact, the calcite that covers this wood formed in the same basic way as cave formations.
There is at least 3/4 inch of material (at the thinnest places) surrounding this piece of wood (which could be easily burned - its not petrified). Did this require thousands or millions of years? Obviously not, this formation occurred in around 100 years. This is just more evidence in favor of the Biblical model. Similar formations in caves, also, did not require vast periods of time to form as is often purported by evolutionists.
The whole piece measures 18 3/4 inches long, 3 1/2 inches thick, and 11 inches wide. The wood itself is about 5/8 inch by about 4 1/8 inches by 18 1/4 inches long.
I sent these photographs to a world-renowned cave expert. He said he would define these formations as “thermal neoformation speleothems”.
Similar evidence as this has been accumulating for some time. In fact, even evolutionists are being forced to revise their dating of cave formations. The following quote, from a cave specialist with the Forest Service in Arizona, should provide evidence for the intellectually honest that the dating of these formations (in millions of years) is speculative at best.
“From 1924 to 1988, there was a visitor’s sign above the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns that said Carlsbad was at least 260 million years old. In 1988 the sign was changed to read 7 to 10 million years old. Then, for a little while, the sign read that it was 2 million years old. Now the sign is gone.” (Jerry Trout, Descent, Arizona Highways, Jan. 1993, pg. 10-11.)