I was reading an article about the recent research into a double asteroid impact in Sweden some 458 million years ago, and it got me thinking.
We have a couple of clocks which we can look at to confirm a non-YEC solar system - the moon and the earth.
The moon has around 300,000 craters with diameters of 1km or more, which are visible to telescopes on the earth. Presumably, someone, somewhere is counting how many of these craters are formed over a period of time (or at least could do). In order for YEC's 6,000 year timeframe to be correct, there would need to be around 50 one-mile craters formed, on average, each year, to account for the 300,000 we now see. Now, I haven't done the research, but I will bet whatever a YEC likes, that any such research will definitely not show asteroid impacts creating one mile craters in the moon every week or so. Does anyone know if such research exists ?
As for the earth, I read on Wiki that the earth has been struck at least 60 times by objects of a diameter of 3 miles or more. That is one heck of a fender bender ! (Apparently, the largest nuclear explosion we've created had a yield of 50 megatons. These little beauties yield an impressive ten million megatons each !) Some of them are so big they led to mass extinctions, worldwide winters etc. These are the sorts of bumps that can't go un-noticed in some remote corner of the planet - the one in Tunguska only had an estimated yield of 10-15 megatons. No, we're talking about the big mamas here.
So if we've had 60 in the past 6,000 years in earth, that's one every hundred years or so. That would be a jaw dropper of an exciting experience on our world, wouldn't it ? We'd have the history books brimming with exciting accounts of regular and major catastrophes, which mankind miraculously survives. Except we haven't, have we ?
(I'll be generous and concede that the sort of tsunami that one of these babies would create if it landed in the Mediterranean, could conceivably be mistaken for a worldwide flood, but that still leaves you with 59 to find, in the last 6,000 years).
Have YECers ever had a go at explaining these, does anyone know ?
Could there be any greater conceit, than for someone to believe that the universe has to be simple enough for them to be able to understand it ?