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Do large canyons need millions of years to erode? Let's take a closer look at some of the documented evidence...

Do large canyons need millions of years to erode? Let's take a closer look at some of the documented evidence...

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  • Canyon Stumper #1.... How long did it take for thiscanyon to form? A. Between 1 day and 100 years B. Between 100 and 500 years C. Between 500 and 1,000 years D. Closer to 1 million years or more
  • Canyon Stumper. #2... How longdid it take for this canyon to form?A. Between 1 day and 100 yearsB. Between 100 and 500 yearsC. Between 500 and 1,000 yearsD. Closer to 1 million years or more
  • Canyon Stumper #3.... How longdid it take for this canyon to form?A. Between 1 day and 100 yearsB. Between 100 and 500 yearsC. Between 500 and 1,000 yearsD. Closer to 1 million years or more
  • Uniformitarianism & Catastrophism A closer look at how water can change landscapes.
  • Durham, England: July 2009 The erosion began when Durham, England, received three inches of rain in a single day, setting the stage for the runoff that dug out the canyon. Houghall College’s Pete Whitfield discovered the canyon in time to see some of the watery action. “I heard this rushing like Niagara Falls, and I could see this water wearing away the land.”
  • Durham, England: July 2009 The canyon is the work of perhaps just “a few minutes [or] a couple of hours” of rapid erosion, Durham University geomorphologist (a scientist who studies the origin and development of land forms) Jeff Warburton told the Daily Mail. Of course, at 14 feet deep and more than 80 feet at its widest , the ravine is a far cry from the Grand Canyon. Nonetheless, it’s a testimony to the power of water.
  • Durham, England: July 2009 Daily Mail reporter Neil Sears concludes, “It is an extraordinary illustration of the power of nature—and shows that enough water, flowing with enough force, doesn’t need decades to carve a path through the earth.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=_jIjvU1MYUw&feature=related
  • Gower Gulch, Death Valley This was California Canyon  Boston College geologist Stumper #1 Noah Snyder and BC graduate Lisa Kammer took a close look at Gower Gulch, carved over the past 66 years by Furnace Creek Wash.  The press release also notes that the water’s ability to reshape the earth is not due to “the steady flow of ahttp://www.nps.gov/hist routinely-fed creek or river,”ory/history/online_book but is instead the result ofs/deva/section3e2.htm periodic storms.
  • Another shot of Gower Gulch –canyon stumper #1
  • This wasCanyon Burlingame Canyon,Stumper #2 Washington: 1926 At Burlingame Canyon west of Walla Walla, an irrigation canal got out of control in 1926 and carved a canyon 1,500 ft long and 120 ft deep in less than six days.
  • This is another shot of Burlingame Canyon – CanyonStumper #2
  • Mt. St. Helens, Washington:This wasCanyon May 1980Stumper #3 One particular canyon was formed, which has since been named the ‘Little Grand Canyon.’ About 100 feet deep and 100 feet wide, it is about 1/40th the scale of the mighty Grand Canyon. This canyon was formed in one day from a mudflow. A newly formed river then flowed through the Canyon formed by the mudflow.
  • r shot of Mt.ens – Canyon r #3
  • Another shot of Mt.St. Helens – Canyonstumper #3
  • Canyon Lake Flood, Texas: July 2002 A canyon up to 80 ft (24 m) deep and a mile and a half long was chiseled out in three days in 2002 when a spillway overflowed.  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/ 100620155748.htm
  • Canyon Lake Flood, Texas:Canyon Lake Flood, Texas: July 2002 July 2002
  • Canyon Lake Flood, Texas:Canyon Lake Flood, Texas:July 2002July 2002
  • Canyon Lake Flood, Texas:July 2002 – can you believethis canyon only took 3 daysto form? It was flat levelground before.
  • ConclusionNot all of Earth’s changes have been slow.The evidence of rapid canyon formation should make us question the theory of Uniformitarianism, if we are to do good Science.