Tough as Snails

snailmainWhen industry needs strong building materials, it often relies on metals because of their durability, or certain hard minerals. But God equipped one of the simplest -- and slowest -- of creatures with a surprisingly robust armor that combines two brittle ingredients. Scientists are only beginning to understand and replicate this new way to create "composite" materials that could lead to new and better products.

Even something as insignificant as the sea snail (or abalone) proves the claims of Scripture, that the Creator made all kinds of living things during Creation Week to display His magnificent handiwork. As Psalm 104:24–25 says, "O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions -- this great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great."

At first glance, an abalone shell doesn’t seem so impressive. The ear-shaped armor of this tasty gastropod consists mainly of calcium carbonate. That’s the same compound as Tums tablets, which hardly qualify as a hardy building material. But the secret of the sea snail is in what else God added—and how He put them together.

[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]