Radioactive dating meteorite
Many geologists claim that radiometric “clocks” show rocks to be millions of years old.
However, to read any clock accurately we must know where the clock was set at the beginning.
This age has been determined with the radioactive dating technique.
The precise decay rate of radioactive elements is used as a clock: the number of daughter products in one rock indicates its age.
It is founded on unprovable assumptions such as 1) there has been no contamination and 2) the decay rate has remained constant.
By dating rocks of known ages which give highly inflated ages, geologists have shown this method can’t give reliable absolute ages.
pegs the meteorite’s age at a mere 4.091 billion years.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.Previously the meteorite was commonly accepted to have formed 4.51 billion years ago, when the planet’s surface was still solidifying out of its primordial magma ocean.But the new age indicates the rock would have formed during a later, chaotic period when Mars was being pummeled by meteorites that fractured and shocked the planet’s solid surface.