Christian view of radiometric dating
Volcanic ejecta of Mount Rangitoto (Auckland, New Zealand) was found to have a potassium-40 age of 485,000 years, yet trees buried within the volcanic material were dated with the carbon-14 method to be less than 300 years old.A further example from a lava flow off the coast of Hawaii shows similar discrepancies.
And then I’ll look at him and go: I’ve never liked you.Scientists place great faith in this dating method, and yet more than 50% of radiocarbon dates from geological and archaeological samples of northeastern North America have been deemed unacceptable after investigation.While there is no proof that the rates were different in the past than they are today, there is also no proof that they were the same.d) Even if the rate of decay is constant, without knowledge of the exact ratio of carbon-12 to carbon-14in the initial sample, the dating technique is subject to question.It's assumed that the clock was set to zero when the study material was formed.Thus radioactive dating relies purely on assumptions.
We could put forward the following counter arguments to the constancy of these assumptions: a) The constancy of cosmic ray bombardment might be questioned.
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No scientist can guarantee that any sample can be considered a closed system unless it was isolated from its environment when it was formed.
Elements can be transported into a sample or leach out of a sample.
This requires that only the parent isotope be initially present or that the amount of daughter isotope present at the beginning is known so that it can be subtracted.