Flaws in radiometric dating updating sop

That is why you need at least two, sometimes three judges to measure the time of the race to the standard needed to enter the record books.

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This illustrates the whole problem with the radioactive dating of geological events.

Those who promote the reliability of the method spend a lot of time impressing you with the details of radioactive decay, half-lives, mass-spectroscopes, etc.

But they omit discussion of the basic flaw in the method: you cannot measure the age of a rock using radioactive dating because you were not present to measure the radioactive elements when the rock formed and you did not monitor the way those elements changed over its entire geological history.

If you check this educational page by the US Geological Society you will see that they spend all their time talking about the technicalities of radioactive decay.

You could talk about the tiny quartz crystal and the piezoelectric effect used to provide a stable time base for the electronic movement.

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