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Is the Earth Really 6 days Old?

27 January 2014, 08:00
Have you ever looked at a map?  Maybe you've wondered how the continents got their shape?  I'm guessing if you're reading this you possibly don't do a lot of guessing.
Once upon a time the area that is now Cape Town and the Garden Route was fairly close to the continental shelves of Antarctica and South America.  
Is that a guess?  Well, we know that the seafloor have ridges similar to the lines of a tennis ball.  These go right around the planet.  We know on either side of these ridges, the Earth's crust is slowly expanding (at about the rate of your toenails).  In the same way, mountain ranges - some of them, like the youthful Himalaya - are still rising.  Others, much older mountains, are being weathered to flatland.  
By using mathematics and a formula distance divided by speed = time, we can make an approximate calculation how much time has passed since South America started sliding away.  India too, once lived alongside Africa before the triangular piece crashed into what is now the continental landmass and built the Himalayas.
I am sure some of you reading this already have no idea what I am talking about.  I am sure some of you who have been to Hout Bay have never noticed the strange orange rocks mostly above the road on Chapman's Peak Drive, and the completely different smoother, grey rocks below.  That's because you take the world at face value.  You take what you are told at face value.  Your knowledge is based on what you believe, rather than the other way around.
If you would like to believe the continents sped across the oceans at 1000km a year in order to make your theory of a world made in 6 days or or 50 metres or more per year for the 6 000 year old Earth to make sense, that's your business. If you don't believe that Table Mountain once rested on the seabed, or the strange sea shells littering the Himalayas were also once part of the seabed (and you can imagine how long it takes to build mountains on that scale starting below sea level), if you wish not to see that, don't expect rational people to take you seriously. Simply say you choose not to know, not to think about it and to grasp at whatever straws are handy in order that you may build your strawman. 

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