History of radioactive dating
Most people think that radioactive dating has proven the earth is billions of years old.
After all, textbooks, media, and museums glibly present ages of millions of years as fact.
Yet few people know how radiometric dating works or bother to ask what assumptions drive the conclusions. This figure wasn’t established by radiometric dating of the earth itself. Radiohalos shouldn’t exist, according to conventional wisdom!
Though they are very tiny, polonium radiohalos have a huge message that cannot be ignored.
Radioactive dating is a method of dating rocks and minerals using radioactive isotopes.
This method is useful for igneous and metamorphic rocks, which cannot be dated by the stratigraphic correlation method used for sedimentary rocks. Some do not change with time and form stable isotopes (i.e.
These scientists and many more after them discovered that atoms of uranium, radium and several other radioactive materials are unstable and disintegrate spontaneously and consistently forming atoms of different elements and emitting radiation, a form of energy in the process.
Note that it would be extremely unlikely for another dating method to agree with these bogus ages.
Getting agreement between more than one dating method is a recommended practice.
Roughly how old is a skeleton that has lost 90% of its carbon-14?
Solution: After 3 half-lives, 12.5% of carbon-14 should remain, so the age is just over 3 half-lives or 5750x3=17250 years.