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Several references gave conflicting values, from dozens to hundreds, of the number of orbits to be expected.
Paul Joss, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, gives a value of 70 as an average.
("On the Origin of Short-Period Comets," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1-273, June, 1973).
I've discussed some of this in the newsgroup, but here I'll leave it for the rebuttal phase of the debate.
The arguments I use are of the same basic type as those of the old-earth proponents: extrapolation of present-day trends into the past to determine how long something could have been going on.
This is the first of two postings generated by the debate.