RE: Moorad's assumed timeline

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Thu May 20 2004 - 23:15:18 EDT

No one says that geologists do not use experimental science to set up their timeline. In fact, that is what I said that historical sciences are sciences owing to the use of experimental science. There are all sorts of data that one takes from different sites and sources and thus must coordinate the timeline according to all existing data. Perhaps you can help us understand the recent work where the geological time gets a new period----Ediacaran organisms appear after a series of ice ages that covered the Earth. Geologists have added a new period to their official calendar of Earth's history - the first in 120 years. <>



        -----Original Message-----
        From: Glenn Morton []
        Sent: Thu 5/20/2004 10:44 PM
        To: Alexanian, Moorad; 'Michael Roberts';
        Subject: RE: Moorad's assumed timeline

> -----Original Message-----
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> [] On Behalf Of Alexanian, Moorad
> Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 12:58 PM
> To: Michael Roberts;
> Subject: RE: Moorad's assumed timeline
> An attorney sets up a scenario in time and fits the known
> data into that scenario. Doesn't the geologist fit data in a
> scenario in time? How else can you talk about past events in
> a time orderly fashion and not fit them in a time sequence?
        Sorry Moorad, what you are saying is pure misunderstanding and
        poppycock. Geologists have radiometric dating to pin certain points in
        the timeline via the laws of physics. And as Michael noted, there is
        relative dating, there is the observed rates of sedimentation for
        various rock types today, which if applied to the thickenesses of
        sediments we see in the geologic record fits remarkably well with the
        radiometric dates. When it comes to oceanic sediments we can
        radiometrically tie certain dead nannoplankton to age dates. These
        nannoplankton are found in an invariable order throughout the world's
        ocean basins. There have only been a few hudnred species of these type
        of plankton. They float in the ocean waters and float along with the
        currents which take them all over the world. So we know that these
        plankton form timelines in the sediments of the worlds oceans. Today
        our timelines are based upon the laws of physics. So you can't act as if
        this is just mere speculation.
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