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Creationist Comet Crock A commonly encountered creationist argument for a young solar system is the claim that all short-period comets would be burned up in a few thousand years. This was the first evidence listed by Bob Bales in the Bales-Stassen debate (debate-age-of-earth in vickers anon ftp archive). The April 22, 1993 issue of Nature contains not one, but two, relevant articles: 1. _Discovery of candidate Kuiper Belt object 1992QB1_ by Jewitt & Luu in the refereed papers section describes the discovery of 2 presumed comets in long period orbits beyond Neptune. Based on the amount of sky they had to search, the authors consider the abundance of K-belt objects to be consistent with the necessary supply of short-period comets. 2. A news section article on comet observations suggests that there may be more "dirt" in the snowballs than previously believed. This could allow a hard crust to develop, which would make the comet appear to burn out, but which would preserve volatiles which could later break up the crust and reactivate the comet. pdf not an official spokesman for any organization

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