Dating of rock layers interrodate dating
In the 1860's, English physicist Lord Kelvin disagreed with Charles Lyells proposition that the earth behaves in a uniform, unchanging manner.Lyell's extreme form of uniformitarianism would have required a perfect balance between heat production and heat loss.Second, the calculations did not incorporate the heating effects of radioactive decay.Strata Thickness- In the late 1800s, a British geologist estimated that 75 million years has lapsed since the beginning of the Cambrian.
Mountains, erosion, and variations in climate were considered to be punishment for the sins committed by humanity.Especially when it comes to supposed “ape-men” like Lucy, Ardi, and others, we must be aware of the fact that evolutionary ideas may be (consciously or subconsciously) guiding the reconstruction. But with practice at “fossil sleuthing” from a biblical perspective, at least we can get better and better at evaluating each new discovery in a God-honoring way that might yield new insights into God’s person and work.Chronological Analysis of the Scriptures- Literal interpretation of the scriptures led some people to conclude that the Earth was created approximately 6,000 years old.This estimate was based upon the maximum known thickness of strata (from Cambrian to present) divided by the average rate of sedimentation in modern environments. Joly used the salinity of ocean water to determine the age of the earth.He calculated the modern rate of salt delivery to the oceans, and suggested that the present salinity of ocean water would take at least 100 million years to develop.