The Age of the Earth's Atmosphere Estimated by its Helium Content

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Presented at the First International Conference on Creationism, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 4–9, 1986. Published in: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Creationism, R. E. Walsh, C. L. Brooks, & R. S. Crowell (Eds.), pp. 187–194, 1986.

© 1986 Creation Science Fellowship, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Published with permission. All rights reserved.


If the earth is billions of years old, the radioactive production of helium in the earth’s crust should have added a large quantity of helium to its atmosphere. Current diffusion models all indicate that helium escapes to space from the atmosphere at a rate much less than its production rate. The low concentration of helium actually measured would suggest that the earth’s atmosphere must be quite young.


Earth’s Atmosphere, Helium, Radioactive Decay, Production Rate, Primoridal Helium, Losses, Thermal Escape, Flux, Polar Wind, Solar Wind, Young Earth Model

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