Measure isotopes for radiometric dating

10 Sep

material and is consistent with the radiometric ages of the oldest-known terrestrial and lunar samples.

No other scientific method has managed to revolutionize man’s understanding not only of his present but also of events that already happened thousands of years ago.

But new research by creationists has revealed a large number of problems with radiometric dating.

In some cases such as Carbon-14 dating, radioactive dating actually gives strong evidence for a young Earth.

The methods work because radioactive elements are unstable, and they are always trying to move to a more stable state. This process by which an unstable atomic nucleus loses energy by releasing radiation is called radioactive decay.

The thing that makes this decay process so valuable for determining the age of an object is that each radioactive isotope decays at its own fixed rate, which is expressed in terms of its half-life.