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Earth's Oldest Known Piece: A 4.4-Billion Year Old Crystal

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This is the 4.4-billion year old zircon crystal found in Western Australia. Researchers believe it to be the oldest known piece of earth. How do you explain that, young earth creationists? "Radioactive dating doesn't work." Tell me about it, my last date had laser vision and a tail!

"This is the oldest and the best dated of all the crystals that have been reported," said John Valley, lead study author and professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


This crystal is a translucent red, Valley said, but glows blue when bombarded with electrons. At 400 micrometers long, its biggest dimension is just a tad larger than a house dust mite, or about four human hairs.

Damn, 4.4-billion years? That is OLD. Older than Methuselah? Yes, Methuselah allegedly only lived to 969. While still impressive, is nowhere near 4.4-billion years. BONUS BIBLE KNOWLEDGE: Methuselah was Noah's grandfather, and died seven days before the Great Flood, apparently because ancient warlocks weren't on the two-of-everything list. I also heard he's the original source of old-person smell.

Thanks to E V I L A R E S, who's so evil he planted that crystal (which is actually a piece of Krytonite) there to throw off scientists.

There are Comments.
  • Michael Valdez

    Sauce?

    Source please. Link doesn't work.

  • Nick

    Methuselah the oldest man ever but he died before his father.

  • Bertw192

    Not to play devil's advocate, but could this have come from a meteorite? I'm sure there's a solid explanation of why not, but just a possible argument for the creationist crowd.

  • Matthew Mack

    To play Devil's Advocate, how is it proof just because a scientist tells you that it's 4.4 billion years old? I'm not arguing against the Earth being billions of years old, but I find it ironic that people put so much stock into the faith of science. I could just as easily pick up a rock and claim it's 4.4 billion years old. How do any of us know?

  • Bertw192

    I would assume that carbon dating was involved. If you choose the argument that carbon dating is hokum... then there may be no hope for a conversation.

    However, I think I understand your point. "Science" is often treated as a religion that people blindly follow and seldom question. Fair enough. "Blessed are thou Bill Nye the Science Guy!"

  • Frédéric Purenne

    How do you explain that, young earth creationists? "Radioactive dating doesn't work." Tell me about it, my last date had laser vision and a tail!
    -GW

    OMG I CAN'T BREATH!! XD One of your best lines GW!! HAHAHA!

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