Science Surprised by Surtsey

SurtseyWe’ve all heard from “scientists” that the Grand Canyon and other geological wonders took millions of years to form.

How do “scientists” know this?  Were they there? Was a written record left that verifies these geological features took millions of years to form?

Ah, no. These statements of “fact” from people who call themselves scientists (real scientists deal in science, not conjecture and fantasy) are assumptions, not facts.  In fact, many of their assumptions are based on still more assumptions.

The truth is, there are many examples around the world–such as Mount Saint Helens–which illustrate the reality that great geological features can form very quickly under catastrophic conditions. The magic dust of millions of years isn’t necessary.

Another such example is the island of Surtsey.

From the video description:

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Formed by a volcanic eruption in 1963, the Island of Surtsey, near Iceland, has intrigued scientists because it looks like landscapes most think are much older. According to a New Scientist article, the Island has excited geographers, who marveled at canyons, gullies and other land features that usually take tens of thousands or millions of years to form were created in less than a decade.

Biologists have also marveled at how quickly plants, animals and birds have colonized the island. The Icelandic institute of natural history put it his way, “We now have a fully functional ecosystem on Surtsey.”

If you were to visit Surtsey and were unaware it was less than fifty years old, I wonder how old you imagine it to be? The next time you hear that a particular landscape took millions of years to form, remember the Island of Surtsey, because things can look much older than they really are.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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