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Question #62640 posted on 04/04/2011 10:14 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My grandpa was an astronaut and claims that the Earth is only 6,000 years old(like the book of Mormon says) despite radiometric dating techniques which indicate that the Earth is much older. He says that when Christ died a massive amount of energy was released(scriptures say there were storms and earthquakes n' stuff)messing up the isotope ratios in the earth's rocks making the measurements inaccurate. I am a geologist and know that radiometric clocks can be wrong, for instance, a hot magma body can reset the radiometric clocks in nearby older rocks through heat exchange, making it so these rocks appear much younger , but I don't know if they can make other rocks appear older isotopically. Is my grandpa right?



Dear Nutz,

Wow, well, considering none of us were there 6,000 years ago, none of us can give you an answer.  But that sounds just as ridiculous as the theory that Satan buried the dinosaur bones to confuse mankind.

Also, does it matter?

- Hypatia

P.S. Where in the Book of Mormon does it claim the earth is only 6,000 years old?

P.P.S.  Fine, I'll give you a real answer: an amount of energy strong enough to alter every atom on the earth such that their radiometric clocks were billions of years off would certainly fry all organic matter.  Congrats, your Grandpa thinks we are all ghosts. 


Dear Hypatia,

Who said that we're dealing with normal energy?