Today's Creation Moment: Cave Mysteries!!
“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”
Have you ever been in a cave? If you have, perhaps someone has told you that the rock formations hanging from the ceiling – called stalactites – are thousands or even tens of thousands of years old. Scientists tell us that stalactites take 100 years, on the average, to grow one inch. But just how accurate is this figure?
Stalactites grow where water seeps through limestone rock, dissolving limestone in the process. When this water, containing dissolved limestone, emerges from the roof of a cave, it hangs for a moment. In a current of air, some of it evaporates, causing the limestone to deposit. Finally, the remaining water drops to the floor of the cave and continues to evaporate and deposit. The deposit on the floor is called a stalagmite.
A concrete railroad bridge in Wooster, Ohio had a stalactite growing under it that was over 12 inches long! Had the railroad bridge been standing for more than 1,200 years? Obviously not – in fact, the bridge had been cleaned of stalactites only 12 years before! Nor is this situation unusual. More than 300 stalactites were counted growing under bridges in just this one city, and stalactites are not hard to find under concrete bridges in most cities.
I will post more pictures of what's been happening, tomorrow. It's crab season now...and the rainy season has started as well. :)