Radiometric age dating for kids

01 May

Forget about billions of years of soil accumulation!

Do they really believe that we should wind up with x miles of topsoil (or some such nonsense) after billions of years?(Topsoil is full of microbes that love to munch away on organic material, and don't forget the earthworms.Those earthworms don't get their calories from rock and clay!At about the three-foot level (in the center of the yard) the red-brown clay is abruptly terminated by a reddish conglomerate we call hardpan.A few sickly-looking roots, long dead for all I can tell, do penetrate the clay, usually by hugging the surfaces of the boulders, before being stopped cold by the hardpan.