Most of the radiogenic helium is still present in the zircon crystals.If the crystals were really 1.5 billion years old the helium should have all diffused out into the surrounding mineral formations. and I will not repeat most of those issues here, beyond mentioning that there are some serious questions as to how RATE calculated the ratios of theoretical to actual residual helium contents in the zircons Any valid scientific theory must have predictive power.Rock ages obtained by these dating methods, usually ranging from millions to billions of years, directly contradict belief in a 6,000 year old earth. In effect, young-earth creationists of the 21st century finally accepted what mainstream science had known since the early 20th century, namely that nuclear decay was the best and perhaps only viable explanation for the isotopic patterns observed in rocks and minerals today.For years, the young-earth community had attempted to discredit radiometric dating by essentially claiming that very little nuclear decay has occurred since the formation of the earth. Conceding the occurrence of billions of years’ worth of nuclear decay created a major dilemma for people believing in a 6,000-year-old earth.Geologists have carefully sorted out more than 100,000 microscopic Jack Hills zircons that date back to Earth's early epochs, from 3 billion to nearly 4.4 billion years ago.(The planet is 4.54 billion years old.) The crystals contain microscopic inclusions, such as gas bubbles, that provide a unique window into conditions on Earth as life arose and the first continents formed.
For the example to the right, offset values for Centering the secondary ion image in the center of the field aperture (FA) is necessary for each new analysis spot because primary beam paths and conditions of secondary ion extraction vary over the area of the sample surface,in particular when spot-to-spot movements over large distances (few mm) are required.To test the hypothesis, researchers sought cases in which nuclear decay could be compared against some other natural phenomenon.Think of radioactive nuclei as a clock that ticks (i.e. The only way to demonstrate that nuclear processes “ticked” faster in the past was to compare their decay rates to another, more accurate clock.This team, supported by several creationist organizations, exists to disprove the validity of radiometric dating.
RATE’s latest undertaking concerns some microscopic zircon crystals recovered from a well near Fenton Hill, NM.
Subsequently, intensities were measured in 15 magnet cycles.