Mt. St. Helens – Still Rocking the Long Ages


Mt. St. Helens – Still Rocking the Long Ages of Evolutionary Time
by Michael Fishwick

An impressive rock slab is growing from one of the craters on Mt. St. Helens at a rate of more than one meter per day. A new dome is also developing, and stands a good four hundred feet higher in altitude than the 1980’s dome. The slab, which is more than one hundred meters long, has only been forming since November 2005, but looks to all the world as though it could have been there for millions of years of alleged geological time. The ancient appearance of many things, such as starlight or rock structures, are often used by evolutionists to claim immense ages, but it is not necessarily so. This slab offers a good example of how age can not be determined by appearance.

The Mt. St. Helens volcano in the state of Washington, U.S.A. commanded worldwide attention in 1980 when it violently erupted with a force of four hundred million tons of TNT. This explosive force is equivalent to roughly twenty thousand Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. The resulting chain of events completely changed the landscape of the surrounding area, and wrought devastation over at least one hundred and fifty square miles. Furthermore, it provided an on site laboratory for observing the natural creation of incredible geological formations.

The scientific data collected from Mt. St. Helens over the past twenty six years has done a great deal to destroy many geological assumptions that relate to the necessary long ages required by macroevolution. This collection of data fits in perfectly with other empirical data known to geologists, but is generally ignored in an attempt to uphold the myth of a world billions of years old. Kolbe Center Advisor Guy Berthault has shown several times in laboratory conditions that the conventional assumption of sediments exhibiting their deposition time is false. He has also falsified the hypothesis of how they build up, destroying in the process the idea that fossils and the rock that they are found in can be used to date each other.

We are taught, for instance, that the Grand Canyon took millions of years to be carved by the Colorado River. Yet, a single series of eruptions from Mt. St. Helens formed the deposits and cut out a very similar canyon, with branching side canyons, on a 1/40 scale of the most famous natural geological formation in the U.S.A. This took a matter of days, not millions of years. Many of the investigations at Mt. St. Helens have been led by Dr. Steve Austin of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). A two square mile area of Spirit Lake, for example, was covered by tens of thousands of floating trees, forming an enormous log mat. Dr. Austin discovered that trees began to sink and place themselves in sediments in an upright position. As more sediments began to settle, and more trees began to sink, the bottom of the lake began to resemble what is now seen at the petrified forests of Yellowstone National Park. The lake bottom gave the appearance of multiple forests at different geological levels, thus indicating the appearance of long ages of geological time. Dr. Austin’s work falsifying the concept of long ages for the fossilized forests has been made available to visitors by the Park authorities. Furthermore, Dr. Austin discovered a probable mechanism for the formation of coal beds during the Flood. The tons of bark and branches that had been stripped from the trees began to settle and gradually form a layer of peat on the bottom of the lake. Under conditions of heat and pressure this peat would turn to coal.

With the dating hypothesis of rock by fossil now falsified, the only method of determining geological chronology that evolutionists could claim was radioisotope dating. But this method is also built upon assumptions. Perhaps the biggest assumption is that of uniformitarianism, that the radioactive decay of various elements has remained constant throughout geological time. To falsify this hypothesis would require the testing of igneous rock whose time of formation was known beyond doubt. The Mt. St. Helens rocks that formed in 1980 have played a large part in falsifying the validity of radio dating techniques. Those rocks, formed twenty six years ago, date up to an amazing two million, eight hundred thousand years old! Similar results are reported in the scientific literature from Hawaii, Mt. Etna in Sicily and from California and Arizona. The hypothesis has been falsified. The scientific data does not back the claim of immensely long ages for the Earth’s rocks.

A great deal more empirical scientific data exists that point to the impossibility of an old-age Earth. There is one set of data, however, that even tells us that the Earth was not formed gradually, as evolutionists claim, but within a maximum time of one hour. Science can say no more than that. Be that as it may, the unfalsified evidence of the “Fingerprints of Creation” is enough to destroy the evolutionary framework and point dramatically to ex nihilo Creation.