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From: 47 the Magazine of the Year. ( 1947 )
First things first, let us settle a vary important and distracting issue:
According to the uniformitarian model they both take 10s of thousands to millions of years to form. This claim is often repeated by cave guides.
In Sequoia Caverns, stalactites protected from tourists from 1977-1987 grew 10 inches or 1 inch / year. At this rate they could have grown 300 ft in just 3600 years.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The above picture is of a bat found in a stalagmite, in Carlbad Caverns, New Mexico. It was discovered in 1953. The stalagmite grew around the bat before it could decay or was eaten. Now the temperature; where this bat is found; is just above freezing at a constant 40o F. The water dripping from the stalactite above it is vary salty. This would impede but not prevent decay. Also it would not prevent the bat from being eaten. So this stalagmite still had to form quite rapidly, certainty far less than 5,000 years.
Stalactites have grown under the Lincoln Memorial, when first photographed in 1968 they had grown 5 ft in 45 years.
At the George Roger Clark Memorial, built on the banks of the Wabash River, in Vincennes Indiana, water seeping through cracks formed stalactites and stalagmites. Part of these are five 11 ft long columns that formed in 40 years. The memorial made from same lime stone that found in Blue Spring Caves, of Bedford Indiana.
Many caves do have slow stalactites and stalagmites growth rates today, however there is evidence that suggests that caves were formed rapidly by the sulfuric acid dissolution rather the weaker and slower carbonic acid. This process would not only have speed up cave formation but also the growth rates of Stalactites and Stalagmites. Sulfuric acid forms when water, oxygen and hydrogen sulfide mix. The hydrogen sulfide could come form several sources, including anaerobic decomposition of organic matter, oxidation of sulfide deposits, volcanic activity and others. All of these sources would have been plentiful during the Genesis Flood. So once the Genesis Flood is considered cave formation and Stalactite and Stalagmite growth times would have been well with in the time since the Flood.
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