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Claim CD211:

The size of the Mississippi River delta divided by the sediment accumulation rate gives an age of less than 30,000 years, indicating a young earth.


Pathlights, n.d. The age of the earth - 2.


  1. The age of the Mississippi delta only gives a lower limit for the age of the earth.

  2. The Mississippi delta is seven miles thick at the Gulf of Mexico. This is too thick to have formed suddenly by a single flood, as such a flood would have spread the sediments out, not compacted them all in one place.

  3. The claimed size of the Mississippi delta considers only its current delta. The location of the delta has changed every so often due to changes in sea level and changes in the course of the Mississippi River. In the early Cenozoic, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi delta extended as far north as Illinois [Weber 1980].


Matson, Dave E. 1994. How good are those young-earth arguments? A close look at Dr. Hovind's list of young-earth arguments and other claims.


  1. Weber, C. G. 1980. Common creationist attacks on geology. Creation/Evolution 2: 10-25.

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