Diamond Caverns – the true gem among the Mammoth Cave caving system

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A trip to Diamond Caverns in Park City, Kentucky, off of Exit 48 on I-65, just on the outskirts of Mammoth Cave National Park, is quite an adventure. The cave has a particularly abundant source of large flowstone formations, as well as beautiful “bacon” formations. Undoubtedly, though, visitors get to enjoy their caving while exploring one of the most beautifully laid-out cave tails in Kentucky’s caving system. Oh, and be on the lookout for cave crickets!

Fun Fact: As a product of the Flood’s aftermath, some of Diamond Caverns’ flowstones are thought to be the byproducts of underground waterfalls. (Flowstones are estimated to deposit at rates of 1-cubic centimeter every 150 years.)

Creation Science High School and Undergraduate Essay Contests

The third question in our series of writing prompts for our creation science writing contest asks students to consider the growth and formation of stalactites and stalagmites, including consideration of factors influential on their rates of growth. For instance, the 1932 article “An Unusual Occurrence of Stalactites and Stalagmites” by Karl Ver Steeg serves as a credible reference offering such valued information. In fact, for students choosing this question, a summary that highlights any differences between stalactites exposed to the elements (like the kind mentioned in Ver Steeg’s 1932 article) and stalactites formed underground (like those formed within Diamond Caverns, see the picture above) is encouraged. Such contrasted settings may show intriguing results with respect to stalactite growth rates. (Hint: Ver Steeg’s article will help with such a comparison.)

diamond-caverns-2Diamond Caverns – discovered in 1859, and rediscovered daily.

Just maybe the writing prompt that deals with geology (as well as the fossil record) was developed specifically for you!

We invite you to browse the aforementioned question here, as follows: “essay contests.”

Could you consider yourself in a role that helps improve our understanding of the geology of the planet?

Starting out now on your very own discovery of the intricacies of God’s creation today through scientific study might very well help in discerning what path you should take in the future. For example, for a possible career path, such study could help you better understand the activities of geologists. And one of your first activities ought to be growing your very own stalactites. In fact, in the book 77 Fairly Safe Science Activities for Illustrating Bible Lessons by Professor Donald B. DeYoung (2013), lesson #74 called “Cave Icicles” allows readers to do this very thing.

This blog is the third blog entry related to this year’s caving expeditions. Please click below to see the other two sites we explored.

References

DeYoung, D.B. (2013). 77 fairly safe science activities for illustrating Bible lessons. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Ver Steeg, K. (1932). An unusual occurrence of stalactites and stalagmites. The Ohio Journal of Science, 32(2), 69-84. Retrieved from https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/2552/V32N02_069.pdf?sequence=1.