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Meteorites are never found in deeper strata (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Meteorites are never found in deeper strata (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CD111:

Meteorites are never found in deeper strata.

Source: Brown, Walt, 1995. In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood. Phoenix, AZ: Center for Scientific Creation, p. 27.

CreationWiki response:

Walt Brown does not actually assert that meteorites are never found; he merely states that they are not found with the expected frequency.

If Earth’s sedimentary rock, which averages about a mile in thickness on the continents, were deposited over hundreds of millions of years, as evolutionists believe, we would expect to find many deeply buried iron meteorites. Because this is not the case, the sediments were probably deposited rapidly.

Walt Brown's text (from the on-line version of his book) states

...experts have expressed surprise that meteorites are almost always found in young sediments...


(Talk Origins quotes in blue)

1. Several meteorites have been found, in strata from Precambrian to Miocene (Matson 1994; Schmitz et al. 1997). There is evidence that a major asteroid disruption event about 500 million years ago caused an increase in meteor rates during the mid-Ordovician; more than forty mid-Ordovician fossil meteorites were found in one Ordovician limestone quarry (Schmitz et al. 2003). In addition, many impact craters and other evidence of impacts have been found.

If long-age, uniformitarian assumptions are correct, meteors ought to be more frequent in older strata than they are in more recent ones (because it is assumed that there would have been much more space debris in the younger solar system). Yet all Talk Origins can say is "Several meteorites have been found..."

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