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Energy stored in the biosphere?

  1. Jan 10, 2014 #1


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    Hi, 1st post.

    I am interested in the following falsification of the young earth creationist(YEC) viewpoint. The earth is obviously old but it is not so obvious to the uneducated. So I am hoping this argument will be easy enough to comprehend that it will provide a source of serious doubt for some YECs.

    Their model (for the majority anyhow) is that the global flud of Noah created the geologic column and is the event that created fossil fuels.

    I've come across a figure for the total energy of all the fossil fuels stored in the earth here:
    It is 5x10^19 kilogram-calories or 2.1x10^23 Joules

    The figure I am missing and can't seem to find utilizing google is what amount of energy is stored in the biosphere that would have been available to be turned into fossil fuels by the flud of Noah. I hope you can see where I am going with this.

    A YEC needs to have a factor between the fossil fuel energy and the biosphere energy close to one. If the factor is orders of magnitude greater which I suspect it is then that creates a nice piece of data to further falsify the YEC paradigm.

    So are there any figures available for the energy stored within the biosphere (that portion that would contribute to fossil fuel production)? Thanks.
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  3. Jan 10, 2014 #2


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    Welcome to the forums RGK. We generally don't allow these sort of debunking threads, especially on these topics. The type of people you wish to argue with won't listen to your facts anyway, there is already a mountain of evidence they are ignoring so why would one more point hammer it home? This thread will remain locked but please feel free to utilise these forums for learning and discussing scientific subjects you are interested in.
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