A. No, there is no debate on the age of the earth. The National Trust fullysupports and promotes the science in relation to the formation of the Giant’sCauseway and the age of the earth.All of the information presented to visitors in relation to how the Giant’sCauseway was formed, and how old it is, clearly reflects science and that theCauseway stones are 60 million years old.Q. What does the controversial interpretation refer to ?A. In summary, one of the exhibits in the Giant’s Causeway visitor centreinterpretation tells the story of the part the Giant’s Causeway played in thehistorical debate which took place about how the earth’s rocks were formed andabout the age of the earth.The detail of the exhibit which sparked the discussion consists of five differentaudio samples triggered by buttons. It is designed to give a flavour of thehistorical debates there have been over the Causeway’s formation – starting witharguments between Sir Thomas Molyneux and a mystery correspondent (probablyGeorge Ashe) over whether the columns were fossil or mineral. The next clip setsout a flavour of the argument between Vulcanists and Neptunists. The next clipdetails how James Hutton’s work opened the way for definitive proof of anancient earth. The forth clip mentions a theory published in the 1800s that theCauseway was fossilised bamboo. Then the final clip states that Young EarthCreationists wish to continue the debate today, as they believe the earth is only6000 years old. The National Trust does not support this view.Q. What is in the visitor centre ?A. We have an amazing visitor centre with fantastic facilities, walking trails, andthe interpretation includes many themes and topics. These include science,geology, wildlife, history and myths and legends and stories of local characters,past and present. Please see the attachment of the Welcome Leaflet on the email body.Q. Will we be changing the exhibition?A. The entire interpretation in the Visitor Centre has just been installed. We haveno plans to change this exhibit at present.Q. What is the National Trust’s relationship with the Caleb FoundationA. Caleb is an organisation which expressed interest in our plans for the VisitorCentre interpretation. As part of the consultation process on the development of the Interpretation we met with a wide range of groups – international visitors,community, funders, scientific community and Caleb was only one of thosegroups. We met with Caleb and discussed our plans for visitor centreinterpretation as we did with many groups.