How can we put numbers on our geologic histories? The basic approach is the backwards extrapolation of a rate of change we can measure, such as rates of deposition, rates of erosion, rates of radioactive decay. An important consideration is how much can the rate vary?
What are input parameters for the equations describing the cooling of a sphere?
What were the false premises in Kelvin's model:
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