Radiometric dating detector

Well, for many former and even current Christians, radiometric dating of the rocks of the Earth presents a serious problem when compared to the apparent claims of the Bible regarding a literal 7-day creation week – and many have voiced such concerns over the years (Link).After all, according to nearly all of the best and brightest scientists on the planet today, life has existed and evolved over many hundreds of of years. Their confidence is primarily based on the fact that radioactive elements decay or change into other elements at a constant and predictable clock-like rate.Or, to put it negatively, the apologetic arguments which suppose the “days” of creation to be long eras of time, the figures of years not to be chronological, and the flood to be a merely local Mesopotamian flood, are not taken seriously by any such professors, as far as I know. – or the “Word of God” in the form of the claims of the human writers of the Bible? For me, I ask myself, “Where is the weight of evidence” that I can actually understand for myself?

Ar is a direct function of both the hydrostatic pressure and the rate of cooling of the lava rocks when they form – under water (Dalrymple and Moore, 1968).

This means that, “many submarine basalts are not suitable for potassium-argon dating” (Link).

However, from what is known so far, the degree of variation caused by these factors appears to be fairly minimal.

So, the ticking of the clock itself still remains fairly predictable and therefore useful as a clock.

Around 85% of the time, the K-Ar method of dating is used to date various basaltic rocks from around the world. In any case, the logic for calculating elapsed time here appears to be both simple and straightforward (see formula for the calculation).

Basically, when half of the Ar to make the clock look older by a few hundred thousand to, rarely, up to a couple million years.

One of the many reasons that I’ve come to this conclusion is that I’ve studied the claims of many Biblical critics for most of my adult life, to include the very popular claims of the modern neo-Darwinian scientists, and I’ve found them to be either very weak or downright untenable – and this includes the popular claims regarding radiometric dating methods in general, which will be the focus of this particular discussion.

All radiometric dating methods are based on one basic concept.

The K-Ar method is the only decay scheme that can be used with little or no concern for the initial presence of the daughter isotope.

This is because 40Ar is an inert gas that does not combine chemically with any other element and so escapes easily from rocks when they are heated.

That is, radioactive elements decay at a constant rate into other elements – like a very steady and reliable clock.

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