Researchers have calculated that the planet could have taken far longer to form following the birth of the solar system 4.567 billion years ago than scientists have previously believed...Further details at The Telegraph.
Scientists have in the past estimated that the Earth's development, a process known as accretion where gas, dust and other material clumped together to form the planet, happened over just 30 million years.
But the new research suggests this process may have taken up to 100 million years – more than three times longer than previous estimates...
“We estimate that makes it about 4.467 billion years old – a mere youngster compared with the 4.537 billion-year-old planet we had previously imagined.”
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Earth is not as old as we thought ...
But the relig-o-wingnuts should not get all excited it's still older than their 'bible' says it is.