Of most people who have heard of this incident before, that's probably about the total depth of what they've heard.And there's pretty good reason for this: Geology dating is pretty complicated, and if you look at Dr.New Zealand's newest and most active volcano, Mt Ngauruhoe in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, produced andesite flows in 19, and avalanche deposits in 1975.Potassium-argon "dating" of five of these flows and deposits yielded K-Ar model "ages" from Ar* content.I am a Christian, and nothing bothers me more than reading a Christian book that omits or misrepresents facts that are contrary to the Christian teaching being supported.I believe this gives the appearance that Christians are trying to dupe the public into belief.
If the rock’s age is many orders of magnitude less than the half life, then there should be no time for a detectable amount of daughter isotope to have been produced by radioactive decay.On the other side, if the age is many orders of magnitude times the half life, then the , then a rock younger than the lower range should not have existed long enough for enough detectable Ar-40 (daughter isotope) to have been produced by decay of K-40 (parent isotope).Thus, according to the critic, we should not expect to be able to use the method.Young Earthers point to an infamous dating error as evidence that the Earth is only as old as the Bible says.by Brian Dunning Filed under General Science, Natural History, Religion Skeptoid Podcast #146 March 24, 2009 Podcast transcript | Download | Subscribe Listen: Today we're going to point our skeptical eye at one of the key players in the debate between geologists and Young Earthers over the age of the Earth. Steven Austin took a sample of dacite from the new lava dome inside Mount St. The dacite sample was known to have been formed from a 1986 magma flow, and so its actual age was an established fact. Austin submitted the sample for radiometric dating to an independent laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.