Coal and theYEC position

John W. Burgeson (
Thu, 2 Apr 1998 18:06:10 -0500

In a private conversation with a YECer -- my friend writes:

" For your information I refer
you to a research paper by John Woodmorappe, titled "The Antediluvian
Biosphere and Its Capability of Supplying the Entire Fossil Record"
Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Creationism (1986),
Vol II pp 205-218. In the paper, Woodmomappe explicily, with the
published figures for coal (which, incidentally, are not very firm as you
claim, they vary widely), but he uses his opponent's figure of 1.5x10^19
gms carbon in all the world's coal. He then, clearly, and succinctly,
proposes data and PRESENT accumulation rates in present peat bogs to show
that the coal biomass could have easily accumulated using less than 2% of
the earth's surface (using only peat bogs, ignoring phytomass of standing

Does anyone have comments on this paper or the arguments therein?