These methods don't assign an exact age; the rates and initial conditions are not exactly known.

I do not claim to be an expert in the fields involved. Short-period comets Short period comets disinagrate rather quickly due to interaction with the sun while in the inner portion of the solar system.

Several references gave conflicting values, from dozens to hundreds, of the number of orbits to be expected.

The supporting details are based on study, briefer than I would like, done for this debate.

Contrary to what is said about me on the net, I do understand the scientific method and can follow and evaluate the arguments.

In Exploring the Universe (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969) -- my college astronomy text -- George Abell says: "The fact that we find small particles around the earth is evidence that they are either newly formed or have newly arrived in our part of the solar system." (page 365).

Or, alternatively, evidence that the solar system is far younger than commonly thought. Referring to the zodaical light, produced by reflection of sunlight from particles in space, Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd edition (Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and Katherin Haramundanis, Smithsonian Astronmical Observatory, 1970) says: "The observed brightness of the zodaical light could be produced by a cloud of small bodies of the same albedo as the moon, 1 mm in diameter and 5 miles apart or 10 feet in diameter and 1000 miles apart." (page 272) Simply because the solar system is "known" to be old, small particles are then rejected in favor of those up to the size of baseballs. Waytt says, in Principals of Astronomy, 2nd edition (1971) that the particles responsible of the zodical light are on the order of 0.001 cm radius.

Bales Opening Statement In this argument, I'll stick to the evidence which indicates the earth has a young age.

Any young-earth theory must also explain evidence that seems to indicate that the earth is millions of years old.

He gives the likely source for these particles to be comets, since we know that comets can create meteors.