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Denver, Colorado is home to the Denver National Ice Laboratory. If you visit, you can meet the men who drill holes through ice in Greenland, the South Pole, and all over the world and pull up ice cores. One of the “proofs” that evolutionists give for their worldview timeline of an earth that they believe is 3.4 billion years old, is how many layers are found among the ice cores that are pulled up.

The way ice core dating is typically explained is that ice cores have dark rings and light rings, just like trees rings. They say that in the summer, when it’s warm, the ice melts a little making a clear layer and when it freezes, it creates a clear layer of ice. In the winter, the snow does not melt since it is cold, but instead, snow presses down and you get a compressed layer of snow and it turns into what is called “milky ice” which also has air bubbles trapped in it. So as you look at the core you see clear and milky, clear and milky, etc. Each of these they claim are annual rings (see image and caption above), made from summer and winter in perpetuity. So they say, “we can count back 135,000 annual rings, so the earth has got to be 135,000 years old.”

However, is that necessarily correct?

Something tells me they never heard of the lost squadron.

There were some World War II P-38 Airplanes that crash landed in Greenland when they ran out of fuel in 1942. Years later, a few men aware of the planes, decided to go retrieve them and fly them home. When they finally found them in 1990, they were buried under 263 feet of ice.

That’s right. The lost squadron was covered by 263 feet of ice in only 48 years!

Point of fact, airplanes do not sink in ice, so the planes did not just sink. If you place a penny on an ice cube, it will slowly begin to sink to the middle, but only at room temperature. This would not occur in the freezer.

We can further conclude that they did not sink because airplanes are nose-heavy, and they would have been found nose-down in the ice. However, these airplanes were dead level. They did not sink, ice simply accumulated on top of them.

Now, lets do some math.

263 divided by 48 is about 5 1/2 feet a year.

The deepest hole they ever drilled was approximately 10,000 feet.

10,000 feet divided 5 1/2 is only 1,800 years.

GISP2 ice core at 1837 meters depth with clearly visible “annual” layers

Now, I’ve heard all the objections about the deeper you go, the more the ice gets pressurized and turned into a substance called “glacial firn”, etc.

But even 4,400 years is still very reasonable to account for all the ice at the North and South Poles. It also fits nicely inside the Biblical timeline of an earth that is less than 7,000 years old and a worldwide flood 4,400 years ago.

Therefore, if the earth is billions of years old, why isn’t there more ice at the North and South Poles? Why is there only 10,000 feet?

Glacial firn, the intermediate stage between snow and glacial ice
from South Cascade Glacier, 80x magnified

Bob Cardin, of Middleboro, Kentucky, was one of the men who dug the planes out. When asked, “Bob, when you dug that airplane out, how many layers of ice were there above the airplane?”, He said, “Oh, there were many hundreds of layers of ice above the airplane.”

“Well, Bob, I was told that each of those layers is a different year – summer, winter, summer, winter.”

He said, “That is impossible! Each of those layers is a different warm spell – warm, cold, warm, cold, warm, cold.”

You could get 20 of those in one year. We have it around here, don’t we? It is not summer, winter, summer…

You see, their false assumption throws off all their data.

The ice cores, far from demonstrating that the earth is billions of years old, easily suggests a young earth that is less than 6,000 years old.