# Why radiometric dating is wrong

### Index

- How reliable is radiometric dating?
- Why is radiometric dating difficult for young Earth creationists?
- Why is crystallization a problem for radiometric dating?
- What are the assumptions of radioactive dating?
- What is the most common radiometric dating method?
- What are the limitations of radiometric dating?
- Why do scientists reject all but the oldest dating methods?
- Why do creationists question radiometric dating methods?
- How reliable is radiometric dating?
- What type of rock cannot be dated with radiometric methods?
- Why is radiometric dating difficult for young Earth creationists?
- What are the assumptions of radioactive dating?
- What are the assumptions of radiometric dating?
- How are radioactive rocks dated?
- What are the requirements of isotope dating?
- Can radiometric dating be used to date sedimentary rocks?

### How reliable is radiometric dating?

The reliability of radiometric dating is subject to three unprovable assumptions that every geologist must make when using the radioactive “clock”. Radioactive rocks offer a similar “clock.” Radioactive atoms, such as uranium (the parent isotopes), decay into stable atoms, such as lead (the daughter isotopes), at a measurable rate.

### Why is radiometric dating difficult for young Earth creationists?

Radiometric dating of rocks and minerals using naturally occurring, long-lived radioactive isotopes is troublesome for young-earth creationists because the techniques have provided overwhelming evidence of the antiquity of the earth and life.

### Why is crystallization a problem for radiometric dating?

This is not necessarily a problem for radiometric dating, because it can be taken into account. But as we saw above, processes that take place within magma chambers involving crystallization could result in a different concentration of uranium and thorium at the top of a magma chamber than at the bottom.

### What are the assumptions of radioactive dating?

The assumptions on which the radioactive dating is based are not only unprovable but plagued with problems. As this article has illustrated, rocks may have inherited parent and daughter isotopes from their sources, or they may have been contaminated when they moved through other rocks to their current locations.

### What is the most common radiometric dating method?

One common radiometric dating method is the Uranium-Lead method. This involves uranium isotopes with an atomic mass of 238. This is the most common form of uranium. It decays by a 14-step process into lead-206, which is stable. Each step involves the elimination of either an alpha or a beta particle.

### What are the limitations of radiometric dating?

The shortcomings of the radiometric dating method is one of many indications that our earth is only a maximum of 10,000 years old and was created by God. Another problem that calls into question the credibility of radiometric dating is heat contamination.

### Why do scientists reject all but the oldest dating methods?

Yet when asked why they reject all but the oldest science-based dating methods, the answer often given is that (they think) long-age radiometric dating is more reliable and that science settled the matter of the earth’s age many years ago.

### Why do creationists question radiometric dating methods?

Other radiometric dating methods are based on similar assumptions. If the assumptions cannot be trusted, then the calculations based on them are unsound. It is for this reason that creationists question radiometric dating methods and do not accept their results.

### What are the assumptions of radiometric dating?

The field of radiometric dating persists despite these mountains of assumptions. Each calculation assumes universal constants that are assumed, constant decay rates that are assumed, and original conditions, including those assumed.

### How are radioactive rocks dated?

Radioactive rocks offer a similar “clock.” Radioactive atoms, such as uranium (the parent isotopes), decay into stable atoms, such as lead (the daughter isotopes), at a measurable rate. To date a radioactive rock, geologists first measure the “sand grains” in the top glass bowl (the parent radioisotope, such as uranium-238 or potassium-40).

### What are the requirements of isotope dating?

Isotope dating satisfies this requirement, as daughter products do not decay back to the original parent element. 2) The process must occur at a relatively uniform rate. It has been established through extensive experimentation that radioactive decay occurs at a constant rate. 3) The initial condition must be known.

### Can radiometric dating be used to date sedimentary rocks?

There is a discussion of a few examples of radiometric methods with sedimentary rocks in Mythology of Modern Dating Methods. Creationists believe that the assumptions of radiometric dating are invalid and cannot be proven.