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Claim CD231:

The high pressures found in oil and gas wells are proof of a young earth. If the earth were old, the pressures would have bled off by now.


Hovind, Kent, n.d. Universe is not "billions of years" old.


  1. The high pressures show that the oil and gas are trapped by rock impermeable enough to hold such reservoirs for many millions of years. If the assumptions (young earth and leaky rocks) behind the claim were true, the pressures never would have built up in the first place.

  2. A geological event which could cause oil and gas to migrate into a reservoir could have occurred relatively recently. Even if the oil field is young, that does not mean the oil, much less the earth, is young.


Matson, Dave E., 1994. How good are those young-earth arguments? A close look at Dr. Hovind's list of young-earth arguments and other claims.
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