Radiometric Dating Radiometric Dating

Potassium-40 one of the six major radionuclides used for radiometric dating decays to, how do we determine the age of a rock?

Indeed, DickinFaure and Mensingand Snelling provide numerous examples where spurious K-Ar and Ar-Ar dates have been obtained for various rocks and minerals due to the demonstrated failure of some of these assumptions.

The trapped charge accumulates over time at a rate determined by the amount of background radiation at the location where the sample was buried. However, if the total 40K half-life is not known accurately, then the calculated K-Ar age of any rock or mineral cannot be known accurately either.

The radioactivity of K salts was suggested by Thomson and was subsequently demonstrated by Campbell and Campbell and Wood As soon as a plant or animal dies, they stop the metabolic function of carbon uptake and with no replenishment of radioactive carbon, the amount of 14C in their tissues starts to reduce as the 14C atoms decay.

Another problem is that fission tracks fade at high temperatures. When an organism dies, it ceases to take in new carbon, and the existing isotope decays with a characteristic half-life years. As the half life of carbon 14 is years, we can with the older equipment fairly reliably date organic material back about 10 half lives, or pretty close to 60, years.

However, before this time some very popular indirect methods were available.

It could be argued that this is a questionable assumption to verify, especially since only a relatively small amount of 40Ar is incorporated into the rock via radioactive decay.

However, local eruptions of volcanoes or other events that give off large amounts of carbon dioxide can reduce local concentrations of carbon and give inaccurate dates.

Radiometric dating

In both argon 40 and calcium 40, however, the number of protons and neutrons are even, granting them that extra stability. The solar estimate was based on the idea that the energy supply for the solar radioactive flux is gravitational contraction.

I believe that many educated Christians are especially doubting the Bible because of the supposed evidence from radiometric dating that life has existed on earth for very long periods of time.

Samarium—neodymium dating method[ edit ] Main article: However, argon also comes up from the interior of the earth, and this argon has very little argon 36 in it, and cannot be detected.

It is assumed that all the Ar, with no fractionation occurring, is released from the monitors and collected for mass spectrometry analyses. Potassium has a half-life of 1. However, local eruptions of volcanoes or other events that give off large amounts of carbon dioxide can reduce local concentrations of carbon and give inaccurate dates.