This weekend I had the pleasure of backpacking and camping with my family and some friends at the “Little Grand Canyon of Georgia”. Here, in the deep south, massive gullies up to 150 feet deep offer visitors a stunning variety of color through its foliage and rock layer formations. Viewing the erosion features of this miniature canyon throws an interesting perspective on the widely accepted belief that it takes millions of years for canyons and rock layers to form. Once a flourishing farmland, the poor farming practices of the 19th century rapidly turned furrows into gullies and gullies into canyons. Naturally soft soil contributed to the demise of the Georgia farmland as a canyon swiftly emerged.
Interestingly enough, the “Little Grand Canyon of Georgia” is not the only quickly eroding ravine we have witnessed recently. In May of 1980, the world watched as Mt St. Helens blew her top in the State of Washington. The debris from that eruption built up behind Spirit Lake and eventually overflowed, quickly cutting out a canyon 140 feet deep in a matter of days.
The existence of these canyons and similar ones have cast some serious doubt on the long-held theory that the Grand Canyon was carved out slowly over millions of years. Is it possible that geologic formations like the Grand Canyon were actually formed in a short period of time following the Global Flood of Noah? Did it take a small amount of water over a long period of time or was it a lot of water over a little bit of time?
Find the answers to these questions and more this Memorial Day weekend as we embark on a Rim and Raft tour of the Grand Canyon with Creation Speaker and Tour guide, Russ Miller. For three days and three nights, you will experience great fellowship and learn a lot about the way canyons are really formed. Hint: It doesn’t take millions of years!