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(CNN)   Turns out the Earth is younger than we thought. No, not 6000 years old. 1-1.3B years old   (cnn.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Earth, core's age, recent estimate, Earth's core, inner core, center of the Earth, core conducts heat, Outer core  
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2020-08-25 8:59:56 AM  
If I can translate from journalist back into scientist, I think what they are saying is the iron in Earth's core started to solidify only a billion years ago. But it was my understanding that science can't tell us the ratio of contaminants like sulfur accurately enough to be really confident in modeling.
 
2020-08-25 9:27:27 AM  
These science biatches can't even agree on how old the Earth is.  How can we expect to believe them when they talk about the covid?

RAWDAWG 2020!
 
2020-08-25 9:37:33 AM  
Subby...  oh, subby...
 
2020-08-25 9:39:20 AM  
They are proved the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster:
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2020-08-25 9:45:46 AM  
It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.
 
2020-08-25 9:49:33 AM  
This does not mean the entire earth is only 1 - 1.3 billion y/o
 
2020-08-25 9:53:37 AM  
It actually means the Insane Clown Posse meme is over a billion years old.
 
2020-08-25 10:09:16 AM  

LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.


Thanks for filling in that detail left out of the article. I knew the Solar System and planets formed over 4 billion years ago so I was a little perplexed at this age result. What exactly happened when the core solidified? Is that when the poles magnetized?
 
2020-08-25 10:15:10 AM  

LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.


We need to send a team down to check it out. Can someone build us a craft out of unobtainium?
 
2020-08-25 10:52:57 AM  

steve_wmn: LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.

Thanks for filling in that detail left out of the article. I knew the Solar System and planets formed over 4 billion years ago so I was a little perplexed at this age result. What exactly happened when the core solidified? Is that when the poles magnetized?


Something like that.  Would help explain why it took 3 billion years after the earliest unicellular life for complex multicellular life to start showing up.
 
2020-08-25 11:06:12 AM  

LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.


Yeah, just the core.  And clearly all it means is that the earth has been doing sit-ups and planks.  Hence feeling the burn.
 
2020-08-25 11:24:41 AM  
We need to send a probe!
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2020-08-25 11:51:15 AM  

Slypork: LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.

We need to send a team down to check it out. Can someone build us a craft out of unobtainium?


I haven't been able to get any recently.
 
2020-08-25 12:11:35 PM  

Slypork: LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.

We need to send a team down to check it out. Can someone build us a craft out of unobtainium?


Have you seen the wildlife living over the richest deposits? Not as easy to clear as you'd expect....
 
2020-08-25 12:17:04 PM  

HighZoolander: Slypork: LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.

We need to send a team down to check it out. Can someone build us a craft out of unobtainium?

I haven't been able to get any recently.



No wonder it's called 'unobtanium', amirite?  (wink wink)
 
2020-08-25 12:25:46 PM  

steve_wmn: LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.

Thanks for filling in that detail left out of the article. I knew the Solar System and planets formed over 4 billion years ago so I was a little perplexed at this age result. What exactly happened when the core solidified? Is that when the poles magnetized?


The magnetic field was already there, this strengthened it though. If there had not been a magnetic field prior to that our atmosphere and liquid water would have been stripped away just like on Mars.
 
2020-08-25 12:54:12 PM  

bighairyguy: They are proved the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster:
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Isn't that a screenshot from near the end of Lawnmower Man?
 
2020-08-25 1:56:52 PM  

Embden.Meyerhof: HighZoolander: Slypork: LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.

We need to send a team down to check it out. Can someone build us a craft out of unobtainium?

I haven't been able to get any recently.


No wonder it's called 'unobtanium', amirite?  (wink wink)


It does sound more sciency than 'canthaveanium'
 
2020-08-25 2:21:21 PM  

LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.


Yeah, when the article said that the core might be only 565 million years old I thought, no way, when the iron in the Earth liquified and sank to the center that would have been like hitting the "reset" button on whatever crust had formed up to that point, and starting the surface of the planet all over again.  We have fossils older than that.
 
2020-08-25 2:29:02 PM  

flondrix: LrdPhoenix: It's not the Earth they're talking about, it's the core, or more precisely, the solid inner core.  They're talking about how long ago did the inside of the Earth cool off enough for the inner core to solidify.

Yeah, when the article said that the core might be only 565 million years old I thought, no way, when the iron in the Earth liquified and sank to the center that would have been like hitting the "reset" button on whatever crust had formed up to that point, and starting the surface of the planet all over again.  We have fossils older than that.


It's like TFA is from the CNN of science news.
 
2020-08-25 2:46:28 PM  
CNN's article is crap and the headline is worse. I first tried to make sense of it by following the article's link to the actual paper. But the abstract does not mention the age of anything and the full text is paywalled. So I checked the fark comments and at least two farkers explained in a sentence better than CNN did in in their whole story.
 
2020-08-25 5:31:48 PM  
the core only started solidifying a billion years ago, which is really good for us if we want that sweet magnetic field.
 
2020-08-25 8:01:34 PM  
That sweet magnetic field is in flux, the anomaly is twinning and my mind is spinning.
Great Newton's Ghost could 2020 get any weirder? Only a matter of time before the pole shift, then we'll be geographically as well as economically and politically south america.
 
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