Please debunk this creationist statement

I am not a creationist but I love reading their literature. Today I read that if the Earth were billions of years old the collected cosmic dust would be meters thick. Also, this dust would be higher in nickel than the present top layer because nickel is more prevalent in space dust. Also, the moon should have a thick layer of dust as well but the lunar astronauts only found a light dusting.
Where are they wrong?

The TalkOrigins Archive has an “Index to Creationist Claims”, that includes the “Meteorite Dust”-idea.

There is also a FAQ about “Meteorite Dust and the Age of the Earth” which explains it quite well and adds some interesting references.

Do you vacuum the same spot over and over?

Planets in their orbit are like that.

The above may not be true, but it is adequately simple to rebut Creationists who are all, without exception, knowing liars, agents of Satan and offensive to the sight of almighty God.

If I linked correctly, you will find the full TalkOrigins index here:
and the specific “moon dust” here

If I linked correctly, you will find the full TalkOrigins index here:
and the specific “moon dust” here

and “earth dust” here:

The current surface of the Earth is less than a billion years old. Vast parts of it are less than three hundred million years old. Some parts are only a few hundred thousand years old. We live on a geologically active planet.

I suppose there must be some part of the Earth’s crust that is six thousand years old.


There are several (small) parts of the earth’s crust that are only several decades old: Kilauea on Hawaii and Surtsey, to name only two.

I meant to say the newer lava flows on Kilauea (the current eruption began in 1983), not the volcano itself…

Indeed - the Kilauea eruption is adding at least some new land every day (map).

Cecil covered the Moon dust question 26 years ago!

There is a lot of dust falling on us daily. It’s not unusual to find archeological traces of previous civilizations when digging foundations for new buildings in old cities such as Rome, Jerusalem, and London. There is a good reason each new archeological project is called a “dig.”