What different elements are used in radiometric dating
Radiometric dating methods sometimes yield conflicting results, but the technique itself is scientific and reliable, and once the results are interpreted in a biblical framework, they yield clear patterns that help us better understand the earth’s history since creation six thousand years ago.
PART 1: Radiometric Dating: Back to Basics PART 2: Radiometric Dating: Problems with the Assumptions PART 3: Making Sense of the Patterns This three-part series will help you properly understand radiometric dating, the assumptions that lead to inaccurate dates, and the clues about what really happened in the past.
With the help of this growing body of information, creation geologists hope to piece together a better understanding of the precise sequence of events in earth’s history, from Creation Week to the Flood and beyond.
Usually geologists do not use all four main radioactive clocks to date a rock unit.
This is considered an unnecessary waste of time and money.
After all, if these clocks really do work, then they should all yield the same age for a given rock unit.
Sometimes though, using different parent radioisotopes to date different samples (or minerals) from the same rock unit does yield different ages, hinting that something is amiss.1 Recently, creationist researchers have utilized all four common radioactive clocks to date the same samples from the same rock units.2 Among these were four rock units far down in the Grand Canyon rock sequence ( Table 1 lists the dates obtained from each rock unit.
Figure 6 (see below) graphically illustrates the range in the supposed ages of these rock units, obtained by utilizing all four radioactive clocks.