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21
The Dinosaur Mummy
Genesis 7:23
“And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were...
We have now got used to the idea that there are dinosaur fossils containing soft tissue. Our familiarity with such finds has begun to dull the edge of the surprising import of such finds. Whichever...
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How Long Can Bacteria Sleep?

Luke 14:34
"Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?"

For thousands of years salt has been considered valuable as a seasoning, a preservative and even as a means of payment. But could salt preserve bacteria alive for thousands or even millions of years?

Salt from mine in New MexicoIn the year 2000, researchers claimed to have revived bacteria that were entombed within salt crystals from a New Mexico mine. Geologists dated the layer from which they were taken at 250 million years. Scientists admit bacteria could not last, even dormant, for that long. Other research has shown that the random effects of molecular motion, even within a dormant bacterium, will cause the DNA to break down. After 100,000 years, there should be no DNA left. For this reason, other researchers said that the bacteria found must be a result of contamination and were therefore modern bacteria. After all, they said, an examination of the DNA of the salt bacteria is very similar to that of modern bacteria. After hundreds of millions of years of supposed evolution, it should be quite different.

If you forget evolution and its supposed long ages, there is a more rational solution to this mystery. No one questions that DNA, even of bacteria, can survive for several thousand years. If the salt deposit from which the bacterium was taken was laid down as a result of Noah's Flood, the bacteria could well have survived.

Prayer: 
Lord, I thank You for the gift of faith and the evidences that support the truth of Your Word. Amen.
Notes: 
Creation, 9-11: 2001, p. 15, "Salty Saga." Photo: Salt from mine in New Mexico. Courtesy of James St. John. (CC Attribution 2.0 Generic License)