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Cheney Killed Bambi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 10:58 PM
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For One Day Only, World's Oldest Item on Display
Edited on Sat Apr-09-05 10:58 PM by Cheney Killed Bambi
To create buzz about an otherwise arcane subject, the University of Wisconsin-Madison showed off a tiny speck of zircon crystal believed to be the oldest known piece of Earth at about 4.4 billion years old.

Saturday's daylong celebration was capped with "The Rock Concert" by jazz musicians who composed music to try to answer the question: What does 4.4 billion years old sound like?

. . . .

Though scientists acknowledged there wasn't much to see, spectators used a microscope to check out the tiny grain, which measures less than two human hairs in diameter.

Analysis of the object in 2001 by John Valley, a UW-Madison professor of geology and geophysics, startled researchers around the world by concluding that the early Earth, instead of being a roiling ocean of magma, was cool enough to have oceans and continents - key conditions for life.


http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB14X8PC7E.html
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 11:01 PM
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1. That's impossible!
The bible teaches us that the earth is only 6000 years old.

The entire U of W staff is going to hell.
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hector459 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 11:25 PM
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4. Where does the Bible teach that?
I haven't read that in the Bible and I have read it cover to cover twice. The gap between creation and the appearance of man is not known.

The men who penned (or chisled) the scripture had no idea of the length of time it took for earth to be created.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 11:43 PM
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5. they "reason" it out
using Biblical timelines, I think.

Not that they're right, mind.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-05 06:53 PM
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7. Bishop Ussher dates the world: 4004 BC
... Having established the first day of creation as Sunday 23 October 4004 BC, .. Ussher calculated the dates of other biblical events, concluding, for example, that Adam and Eve were driven from Paradise on Monday 10 November 4004 BC, and that the ark touched down on Mt Ararat on 5 May 2348 BC `on a Wednesday' ... The above .. makes no mention of the time of day at which creation occurred. In popular references one often finds it given as 9 A.M., and this is wrongly attributed to Ussher ...

http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/ussher.htm

This was state-of-the-art geochronology c. 1644.

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rooboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 11:04 PM
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2. Saw the headline and thought they were talking about Camilla. n/t
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TwentyFive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 11:08 PM
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3. Ohhh - and I thought they were talking about Barbara Bush's chins.
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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 11:59 PM
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6. you bet, that lady got more chins than a chinese phone book
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