New canyon formed in three days is now open to public view according to a report from Associated Press, 8 October 2007. On 4 July 2002 flood waters overran the spillway of a reservoir on Canyon Lake Central Texas. When the floodwater was at peak flow, it was moving at about 67,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Normal flow from the reservoir is 350 cfs. The water continued to flow over the Spillway for approximately 6 weeks. And the amount of water that flowed over the Spillway was about 3 1/2 times the amount of water that the Reservoir holds. As the almost 70,000 cubic ft (1,982 cubic metres) per second of water cascaded downhill over next three days, it carved out a canyon a mile and half long, and up to 80ft deep (24.4m) through the limestone rock. Bill Ward, a retired geology professor from the University of New Orleans, described the event: “It exposed these rocks so quickly and it dug so deeply, there wasn’t a blade of grass or a layer of algae.” Numerous fossils, including worms and dinosaur footprints have been exposed by the flood. The article compares the rapid formation of this canyon with that of the Grand Canyon, claiming: “It took water around 5 million to 6 million years to carve the Grand Canyon, which plunges 6,000 feet (1,830m) at its deepest point and stretches 15 miles (24km at its widest.”

Editorial Comment: This event does show that time doesn’t make a canyon, but a lot of fast flowing water does. Let’s do the maths here. Assuming the flow of water could be kept up at the same rate, if it took 3 days to form a canyon 80ft deep then a 6,000 foot canyon could be formed in 225 days. A massive continent covering flood with the waters running off the earth both at the end of the flood and for quite some time after could easily have carved huge canyons in a short time. Now does Noah’s flood lasting 375 days described in Genesis 6 – 9, which involved a lot more water than 70,000 cfs running off the earth for centuries afterwards and again when the ice melted, sound so unbelievable? (Ref. erosion, rivers, gorges)

Evidence News 31 October 2007