Dating petrified wood

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Both before and after this press conference, representatives of the discovery team had cautiously been seeking to make contact with sympathetic scientists whose positive support they hoped to enlist.Consequently, on April 20, 2010, I participated in a Skype conference call (early morning in northern Kentucky, USA) with several Chinese members of the discovery team (late evening for them in Hong Kong).During that conference call I was shown video footage of the team’s exploration on Mt.Ararat, footage that was subsequently released at the press conference.This is despite the fact that it causes more problems for interpreting rock strata than it solves.

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This is a feature common to petrified forests all over the world showing that the flood conditions were universal.Second, creationists appeal to the Omphalos hypothesis and argue that God deceptively created the world to appear old.This is an unfalsifiable hypothesis, and is unscientific.In fact, the very concept of strata representing long ages does not come from the rock strata themselves.That concept began with eighteenth-century French naturalist Georges Cuvier, picked up steam with Charles Lyell, and it has been in vogue ever since.Young-earth creation geologists have long held that most sedimentary strata resulted from waterborne deposits during Noah’s Flood.The resulting rock strata may harbor fossils from a particular habitat area or ecosystem, but do not represent a particular age or era.Modern science accepts that the Earth is about 4.54 billion years old and the entire universe is around 13.77 billion years old.These limits usually take the form: "Because we observe [X], which occurs at rate [Y], the universe must be at least [Z] years old".This article collects evidences that place a lower limit on the age of the Universe beyond the 6,000 to 10,000 years asserted by most Young Earth creationists (YECs) and the literalist Ussher chronology.All of this evidence supports deep time: the idea, considered credible by scientists since the early 1800s, that the Earth (and the Universe) is millions or billions of years old.

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