The young-Earthers insist that the Earth is only about 6,000 years old. Their evidence is the bible, as interpreted by the Ussher chronology. However, since the work of pioneering geologists like James Hutton, educated people have recognized that the Earth is far older.
We’ve written about this creationist silliness several times. A few examples, starting with the oldest, are: How Old Is the Earth and the Universe? That gives the scientific answer, in which we quoted the the International Planetarium Society as follows:
A fundamental reason why these ancient ages are so widely accepted by the scientific community is that they are derived from several independent lines of evidence accumulated by independent and often competing teams of researchers. Each method involves different measurements and the application of different physical principles to derive ages from those measurements. The physical principles include the same thoroughly-proven principles that underlie the technology that runs the modern world. Hence the fact that the independent methods all yield similar ages reinforces confidence that the methods are sound and accurate despite their complexity and do not contain major fundamental flaws.
Creationists don’t care about such things. Some of our posts about their claims are: Creationism: How Old Is the Earth? (the Answers in Genesis view of things), and then Creationists’ Evidence for “Young Earth” (Jack Chick’s position and more from AIG), and then Young Earth, Old Earth, or Flat Earth? (AIG again).
Today we present more problems for the young-Earthers. At the website of PhysOrg we found this: The oldest ice core: Finding a 1.5 million-year record of Earth’s climate. It says, with a bit of bold font added by us for emphasis:
How far into the past can ice-core records go? Scientists have now identified regions in Antarctica they say could store information about Earth’s climate and greenhouse gases extending as far back as 1.5 million years, almost twice as old as the oldest ice core drilled to date.
They’re trying to get an ice core that goes back 1.5 million years? And they’ve already got one that goes back half that far? Egad — ol’ Hambo will be sputtering mad when he learns of this blasphemy.
PhysOrg gives a link to the published paper in Climate of the Past — Where to find 1.5 million yr old ice for the IPICS “Oldest-Ice” ice core, which you can read online in pdf format here. Back to PhysOrg:
“Ice cores contain little air bubbles and, thus, represent the only direct archive of the composition of the past atmosphere,” says Hubertus Fischer, an experimental climate physics professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland and lead author of the study. A 3.2-km-long ice core drilled almost a decade ago at Dome Concordia (Dome C) in Antarctica revealed 800,000 years of climate history, showing that greenhouse gases and temperature have mostly moved in lockstep. Now, an international team of scientists wants to know what happened before that.
Little air bubbles that show various levels of greenhouse gases in the past? We can hear the creationists muttering: Harumph — those bubbles must have formed due to the turbulence of Noah’s Flood! Let’s read on:
As snow falls and settles on the surface of an ice sheet, it is compacted by the weight of new snow falling on top of it and is transformed into solid glacier ice over thousands of years. The weight of the upper layers of the ice sheet causes the deep ice to spread, causing the annual ice layers to become thinner and thinner with depth. This produces very old ice at depths close to the bedrock.
Annual ice layers? Creationists response: The Flood could have done that too! We’ll let you read the full article and the original paper. Skipping to the end:
“A deep drilling project in Antarctica could commence within the next 3-5 years,” Fischer states. “This time would also be needed to plan the drilling logistically and create the funding for such an exciting large-scale international research project, which would cost around 50 million Euros.”
You know the creationists’ reaction to that: A waste of money! Everything we need to know is in Genesis.
What is to be done about a segment of society — a large segment — that refuses to recognize reality? Our answer is … nothing. If they leave us alone, we should leave them alone. If they get aggressive and try to force their dogma upon us, then uncompromising resistance is essential.
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