How old is Northern Ireland? is subject of lunchtime lecture

Thursday August 20th 2009

Dr Garth EarlsRocks of Ages – How old is Northern Ireland is the subject of the next lunchtime lecture to be given at St Bartholomew’s Church, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

The lecture takes place at 1.15 p.m. on Tuesday September 8, and will be given by Dr Garth Earls, Director of the Northern Ireland Geological Survey.

It will present the standard geological picture of the age of the earth, which often receives less attention than that put forward by young-earth creationists.

Dr Earls writes: “When it comes to discussing the age of the Earth, many people in Northern Ireland hold strong views. Indeed, Northern Ireland has historically punched above its weight in the global debate on this issue.

“The talk will trace the history of the development of scientific measurement and observation that calculate a 4.56 billion-year-old Earth and examine aspects of the areas of disagreement identified by those that claim a younger age.”

A QUB graduate, Dr Earls has worked in the exploration and mining industry in over 30 countries and was responsible for the discovery of gold in Northern Ireland. Over the past 10 years he has become increasingly involved in the communication of geoscience. He is the Chair of the Royal Irish Academy Geoscience Committee.

Everyone is welcome at this lecture, which will include a time for questions. Light refreshments will also be available.

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