Canyon Formation is Rapid According to the Creation Model
Canyons have been observed to form quickly during catastrophic events and are similar in appearance to canyons that evolutionists claim formed over millions of years. The most noticeable feature of these canyons is the large width of the canyon compared to the stream flowing at the base of the canyon. The large size and width of these canyons give evidence of a much larger surge of water eroding the channel in contrast to slow gradual erosion over long periods of time. The rapid formation of a canyon near Mount Saint Helens and the north fork of the Toutle River in Washington state is one of the most common examples of rapid canyon formation, as volcanic material including ash and gas catastrophically flowed down the mountain slope in a pyroclastic flow and carved large canyons which eventually grew to over 100 feet deep. Other examples include Providence Canyon in Georgia, the formation of which was attributed to improper farming practices beginning in the 1820's that led to the growth of gullies enlarging into a series of canyons up to 150 feet deep. The 100 foot deep Burlingame Canyon in Washington State was observed to form in several days in 1926 as a clogged irrigation canal was diverted into a drainage ditch leading to a nearby creek. If this canyon had not been observed to form so quickly, mainstream scientists would have described its formation over millions of years. Since the formation of the Grand Canyon of Arizona happened sometime in the past and was not observed to occur, evolutionist and old-earth geologists believe that it was carved over millions of years. However, with the observation of smaller canyons that have formed quickly in modern times during human observation, creationists believe that the Grand Canyon also was carved quickly and rapidly by a catastrophic event during the global Flood of Genesis less than 5,000 years ago.