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Claim CD230:

Natural gas appears underground often under great pressures. If the earth were old, the gas would have seeped out and the reservoirs would have emptied.


Pathlights, n.d. The age of the earth - 2.


  1. As with oil, the high pressures show that rocks trapping the gas are impermeable enough to hold the 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.

    It is also important to remember that pressure does not mean much to seepage rate without a pressure gradient. If the pressure around a reservoir of gas is as great as the pressure within it, the gas will not be forced out.

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


Matson, Dave E., 1994. How good are those young-earth arguments?
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