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Discovery Magazine 2/1/2002

# You Do the Math! It Just Doesn't Add Up!

 by Brad Harrub, Ph.D.

What happens when you take a math test, and the numbers just don’t add up? Do you try to redo the calculation so the number will add up correctly? Evolutionists say that things happen now just like they happened in the past—an idea known as uniformitarianism [ū-ni-for-mi-tare-ē-a-niz-um]. They say that the present is the key to the past. In looking at the Earth around us, some of the numbers that evolutionists have given us just don’t add up. Evolutionists proclaim that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old. However, consider these four simple equations that don’t add up:

(1) Niagara Falls is a waterfall located on the border of New York and Ontario, Canada. Erosion has been slowly pushing the waterfall about 7 miles upstream, forming the Niagara Gorge. Before large water-diversion projects were built in the 1950s and 1960s, the falls were receding at a rate of more than 3 feet per year. If the Earth were 4.6 billion years old, and the falls have been eroding at a rate of 3 feet per year, that means the original location of the waterfall would have been 13.5 billion feet further upstream! (The circumference of the Earth is only 132 million feet around!)

(2) In the White Mountains bordering California and Nevada, there are bristle cone pine trees that have been dated at around 5,000 years old. These trees are incredibly healthy, so barring any catastrophes they probably will live for thousands more years. So do the math: If these trees have lived successfully for about 5 thousand years, why have we not found any trees 8, 10, or 15 thousand years old?Could it be due to the Global Flood that occurred about 5,000 years ago?

(3) As the Mississippi River flows down towards the Gulf of Mexico, it picks up dirt and sediment from the riverbank along the way. Approximately 300 million cubic yards of sediment are deposited into the Gulf of Mexico by the Mississippi River each year. You do the math: If we really have been around as long as evolutionists say we have, then the sediment deposited from the Mississippi River would have filled in the Gulf of Mexico a long time ago!

(4) Evolutionists believe that the Grand Canyon was formed by the Colorado River (a small amount of water) over a long period of time. The problem with this theory is that there are over 900 cubic miles of dirt missing from the end of the river. You do the math: If the small Colorado River formed the canyon, what happened to the 900 cubic miles of dirt? Could this have been the result of a catastrophe like the Flood?

Evolution just doesn’t add up!

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

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