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

February 25, 2014


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.

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