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But both science and the Bible indicate that oil and gas were not "millions of years in the making," but are only thousands of years old.
Nothing of what is known about oil and gas formation requires or even suggests vast time spans.
Both of these are Ice Age deposits that biblical creationists think formed after the Flood roughly 4,500 years ago.
But even based on the evolutionary age assignment of 100,000 years for this Pleistocene oil, a 1967 textbook on petroleum concluded, "The time it takes for oil to accumulate into pools may be geologically short, the minimum being measured, possibly, in thousands or even hundreds of years." Oil and gas form in days, and they migrate through sedimentary strata to form pools in thousands of years or fewer.
Geological Association of Canada, Special Paper 39, p.379-396.
When it comes to determining the age of stuff scientists dig out of the ground, whether fossil or artifact, “there are good dates and bad dates and ugly dates,” says paleoanthropologist John Shea of Stony Brook University.
The numerically calibrated geologic time scale has been continuously refined since approximately the 1930s (e.g., Holmes, 1937), although the amount of change with each revision has become smaller over the decades (see fig.
These can not be included in the diagram for practical reasons, but can be found in Harland et al., 1990, along with a detailed description of the history of earlier-proposed time scales and the terminology, methodology and data involved in constructing this geological time scale. In an exhaustive 2009 book, geologist Andrew Snelling summarized experiments that were performed on coal from Australia's Gippsland Basin.He wrote, "Brown coals from the onshore part of the basin were heated under conditions that simulated accelerated sedimentary burial conditions." This produced "liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons from the contained waxes, and leaf, pollen, and spore cuticles, all in a matter of two to five days." These hydrocarbons were identical to those harvested offshore, where they had been trapped above the coals from which they must have originated.Some coal is being converted to oil and natural gas even now, and it is not taking millions of years.Snelling also pointed to California's Kettleman Hills, where the natural gas is trapped between Miocene layers and overlying Pleistocene deposits.