In other words, phrases like “it’s been a long time since my last journal entry” can tell us where time gaps may exist in the record.
Since these models can obviously miss crucial elements, it is important to realize that any conclusions they make are tentative.
In this case, the weathering model of opal formation missed the important contribution of bacteria (at least at the Lightning Ridge site), and as a result, its conclusion was quite false. This study has, most likely, corrected a widely-held but fallacious view of how opals form.
Some geologists are very fond of telling us that certain things take a long, long time to form. Behr were studying opals from Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, Australia.
They confidently state that there is simply no other way for such structures to come about, and therefore is it simply ridiculous to assume that the earth is only a few thousand years old. These opals are highly-prized in most jewelry circles.
If one journal contains a specific date for the marriage of villagers A and B, then we can assign that same date to journal entries from other diaries that mention the same marriage.
Of course, our historical reconstruction does not come without significant assumptions.
So click here to download a PDF of the timescale, and let’s get into it!
The challenge In a 2008 Creation Research Science Quarterly article, Dr. Reed examined what he termed “the starting rotation” of dating methods – that is, four geological methods used to assign ages to rocks.
This enables the determination of a new timetable for opal formation involving weeks to a few months and not the hundreds of thousands of years envisaged by the conventional weathering model.