Ramblings about what I encounter within the realm of the geosciences, as well as the occasional rant about nonsense.

23 October 2008

The Age of Rocks

Sorry that I have been away for a bit (the real world ganged up on me). I also ran out of new photos from Europe (I am still waiting for my Dad and Brother to email me the pics taken with their cameras), so at some point I might actually finish the Spain trip.

I guess I will just point out that in addition to it being Avogadro's number day (at 6:02 AM on Oct 23rd) this is also when Ussher decided the earth was created 6012 years ago (October 23rd 4004 BC at ~ 9:04 AM). Of course there is no science involved in this assertion... but that is besides the point to the lovers of sky-daddy. So (taking the advice that eric usually gives on such an occasion) celebrate by punching a YEC.

On a similar note, The Concise Geologic Timescale (2008) is now available. I flipped through it at GSA and it looks very similar to A Geologic Timescale 2004. Except it is a lot smaller and hardbound. It is also less than half of the price of 2004. Obviously it can't go as in depth, but it still provides an excellent resource if you are in need of very specific geologic dates that don't rely on begatting people.

Also, if you are interested in geologic time scales, the ICS has a link to a time scale generator. Here is an example of what someone can quickly whip up just by punching in a set of dates.


Anonymous said...

Just to be pedantic, isn't it just 6011 years? (as there was no year 0, going straight from 1BC to 1AD)

Bryan said...

Yes. Come to think of it, you would be correct.


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Between Los Alamos,NM and White Rock, NM

Between Los Alamos,NM and White Rock, NM
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