By Creation Ministries International, CREATION.COM
Stirred up sediment speeds up Great Barrier Reef growth!
An international research team studying the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia found that coral reefs grow rapidly in sediment-laden marine waters, contrary to what was previously thought.
The sediment, from river floods and waves stirring the sea floor, makes the water persistently cloudy. Yet coral growth has averaged nearly 1 cm per year, much higher than the growth measured on reefs in clear water. It was found that growth was actually faster in the wet season when sediment from river floods was high. Growth at these times averaged 1.3 cm per year.
This confirms the reefs had plenty of time to grow to their present size since the end of Noah's Flood, some 4,500 years ago. •
? Coral reef thriving in sediment-laden waters, Science Daily, 31 July 2012.