Cross dating dendro

27 Jan

The science that uses tree rings to date earth surface processes that created, altered, or shaped the landscape.

Example: analyzing changes in tree growth patterns via tree rings to date a series of landslide events.

Example: dating the growth suppressions left in tree rings from western spruce budworm outbreaks in the past.

Many of those loudly proclaiming a young Earth these days must unavoidably understand how far their claims are from what the Earth really tells us--but they keep on saying it anyway, and selling books and lecture tickets. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google .

= word = the science of): The science that uses tree rings dated to their exact year of formation to analyze temporal and spatial patterns of processes in the physical and cultural sciences.

True, scientific progress repeatedly found our home to be much older than previously suspected, but the widespread view that the planet is only a few thousand years old is relatively new, and has no basis in either fact or scripture.

The 6,000 year age was arrived at by James Ussher, a 17th century Irish Archbishop who counted up estimates of the ages of Abraham's family listed in the Old Testament and calculated that the creation began (on the Julian calendar) on Saturday, October 22, 4004 BC, at 6 pm. Usher made a lot of assumptions, chose to ignore inconsistencies within even those scriptural sources known at that time, and was unaware of certain, now obvious translation issues, importantly including the way the Babylonians counted, but that's beside the point.