Trees—Are They Really That Old?

In Only Thousands of Years

by Ken Ham on May 6, 2016

Part 3


This is Ken Ham, co-author of the book about young people leaving the church, Already Gone.


Trees are often dated by counting the rings in their trunks. Now by assuming trees only produce one ring a year, scientists believe they can calculate the age of a tree. But sometimes trees, like the bristlecone pine, give ages outside of a biblical timeframe. Does this mean the Bible’s chronology can’t be trusted? Not at all!

Research on bristlecone pines has showed that a tree can sometimes produce several rings a year. The rings seem to correspond to weather patterns, not annual cycles.

The world after the Flood was full of weather extremes—like the Ice Age. This could have easily led to more than one ring forming each year.

The more we learn, the more we see God’s Word being confirmed.

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