Islands Can Form Rapidly


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New Island near Japan

On November 20th, 2013, a new volcanic island formed in the Japanese chain of Bonin Islands south of Tokyo. This chain includes Iwo Jima, famous for the battle fought there in 1945. Both China and Japan will want to claim this new island… if it doesn’t erode away. (Read more on the Christian Science Monitor.) I included a video at the bottom of this post of the new island forming. At about 28 seconds into the video you can see a shock wave spreading out from an eruption.

New Island near Iceland

Another recently-formed island is Surtsey, an island off of Iceland which formed in November of 1963. This island has eroded to one-fourth of its original size. (See Surtsey on Google Maps)

Surtsey offers a great lesson that what many scientists attribute to long time periods can actually happen quickly. Both the ecosystem and geologic features have formed rapidly on Surtsey, according to an article by the Institute for Creation Research. Here’s a small excerpt from this brief, but fascinating article:

Science Illustrated stated that certain geological processes are occurring faster than believed possible. For example, loose volcanic ash has become the hard and glassy mineral palagonite tuff. Geologists have thought this process alone took thousands of years, and yet it has happened on Surtsey in a matter of decades.

New Island near Tonga and Fiji

You’ll enjoy the photos of this 2006 eye-witness account of a rapidly-forming volcano and the strange phenomenon of stones floating on the ocean as far as they could see. The location of this island is near Tonga or Fiji (see eye-witness post).

God is a powerful Creator!

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This image is credited to the Japanese coast guard.

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