Radioactive decay and radiometric dating
(These include the variety of elements used in ‘standard’ radioisotope dating, mature uranium radiohalos and fission track dating.) It would be hard to imagine that geologic processes alone could explain all these.Rather, there was likely to be an answer that concerned the nuclear decay processes themselves.The C results are an independent but powerful confirmation of the stunning helium-diffusion results.It looks like 2003 was a bad year for megachronophiles (lovers of long ages), but a good year for lovers of the Word of God.C with such words as ‘contamination’ and ‘background’ is completely unhelpful in explaining its source, as the RATE group’s careful analyses and discussions have shown.But it is no problem or mystery at all if the uniformitarian/long-age assumptions are laid to one side and the real history of the world, given in Scripture, is taken seriously.
They then apply their new understanding to make predictions regarding complications involved in the decay process and its use in dating (such as daughter loss). The diamonds’ carbon-dated ‘age’ of about 58,000 years is thus an upper limit for the age of the whole earth.Again, this is entirely consistent with helium diffusion results reported above, which indicate the upper limit is in fact substantially less.In another very important paper, scientists from the RATE group summarized the pertinent facts and presented further experimental data. This effectively limits the age of all buried biota to less than (at most) 250,000 years.
(When one takes into account the probability that before the Flood the ratio of radioactive to ‘normal’ carbon was much lower, C was primordial (existing from the very beginning), and not produced by cosmic rays—thus limiting the age of the entire earth to only a few thousand years.
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