Monday, 29 January 2018

The Late Heavy Bombardment Scenario of Earth History Is Dead

Image courtesy of NASA/Goddard Image Lab.

Joel Kontinen

Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB) has been part and parcel of the naturalistic version of Earth history since it saw daylight after scientists assumed they saw marks of asteroid strikes in moon stones collected by Apollo astronauts in the 1970s.

Now, however, “the once-popular theory has come under attack, and mounting evidence is causing many researchers to abandon it. A growing community of planetary scientists thinks that things quietened down relatively quickly, with a steadily decreasing rain of asteroids that ended a few hundred million years [sic] after Earth and the Moon formed,” a feature article in Nature says.

The age of the rocks was obtained “by measuring the rocks’ ratio of argon-40 atoms to radioactive potassium-40.”

The article admits that there is “ambiguity in the rock dating…[because] at high temperatures … 40Ar can leak out of minerals.”

There are other problems in radiometric dating as well.

LHB is a problematic idea, as it would have killed off all life as soon as it emerged.

Naturalistic Earth history is fraught with impossibilities, as life does not just happen.

It has to be created.

The faint young sun paradox would have resulted in a snowball Earth, once more killing all life.


Mann, Adam. 2018. Bashing holes in the tale of Earth’s troubled youth. Nature 553, 393–395 (24 January).