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Originally published in Creation 17(1):45, December 1994
If you know anyone who thinks rocks and fossils must take thousands or millions of years to form, here's an example to show them they may need to revise their ideas.
The photo shows a set of car keys which was found in solid sandstone rock on the Pacific Coast of the United States. The keys are encrusted by rock, and were found on the coast of Oregon. They were given to college lecturer Richard Niessen in California, and are now displayed in the Museum of Creation and Earth History at the Institute for Creation Research in San Diego.
The keys, joined to a plastic-topped key chain, are thought
to belong to an automobile from the early 1960s. ICR's museum curator,
John Rajca, says the rock-encrusted keys show that the commonly accepted
idea of slow rock formation is clearly wrong in this case. The rock encasing
the keys had to harden rapidly, so rock formation is not necessarily a
Next time you hear someone say that rock formation must take thousands or millions of years, tell them about these keys that were rapidly encased in rock!
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