Tanzanite, turquoise, and zircon. Those are the accepted birthstones for December. And it’s also typically accepted that each one is a certain shade, or shades of blue. Of course, I’ve made no secret of the fact that blue is my favorite color. But right now I wanna wax poetically and philosophically on zircon crystals. And their implications for nuclear waste containment.
Zircon crystals and nuclear waste. Now, that’s poetry in motion.
I bet all those guys in Australia and Sri Lanka, who dig up zircon for my birthstone don’t even know they’re dealing with potential nuclear waste. And I bet if they did know, they’d think twice about making jewelry out of zircon.
But maybe I should share a little info on that. Ya think?
OK, did you know that lead leaks out of zircon crystals? And did you know those same zircon crystals contain helium? What?! No wonder my voice sounds funny when I wear my birthstone ring. (just kidding, I don’t have a birthstone ring)
Lead leaks out of zircon crystals, faster, the further down in the Earth you go to find it. So, naturally, you should find more lead in the crystals found closer to the Earth’s surface. Especially if evolutionary scientists (and I use that term loosely) are right about how old the Earth’s crust is.
But according to tons of research data, that’s not what happens.
And, by the way, that helium, I mentioned, got there through the process of radioactive decay. Yeah, you read that right. But helium escapes mighty fast. And there’s still helium trapped in zircon pretty much anywhere you find it. So, the radioactive decay that made the helium must’ve happened mighty fast.
Whoa! Could that possibly mean what I think it means?
Well, yeah. Duh. Our blue planet is young and beautiful. Not old and accidental.
Now, wait a second. Maybe I shouldn’t jump to conclusions. It’s one thing to say the Earth isn’t old. But how does that correlate to the accidental part?
Well, self, I’m glad you asked. And that’s how I get back to the poetry in motion.
Because, if our wonderful, giant ball of dirt and water and oxygen isn’t old, then all the complex life found here simply could not have evolved. There just hasn’t been enough time for even parts of one lifeform to have evolved. Much less the almost endless variety you see everywhere.
And I certainly understand why people still believe in evolution. Because people still hate God. And they hate anyone who’d dare say we’re all created in His image. But here’s the thing…
Those of us who say God created us in His image and likeness are right. Yes, we’re right. Not so-called “scientists” who trust in random chance. They wouldn’t know right if it bit ’em in the asparagine.
You don’t have to believe me,
Or in anything I say.
But one day you will find out
That there really was one Way.
Then, you’ll see your feckless choice
Left you empty and alone,
As your spirit leaked away,
Like the lead in my birthstone.
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