Methods of absolute fossil dating

Relative ages are assigned to rocks based on the idea that rock layers lower in the strata were deposited before rock layers that are higher.Creationists do not necessarily disagree with this concept, but it can only be applied to layers that are found in one location and/or can be determined to have been deposited in a continuous layer over a very wide area.Most scientists and many Christians believe that the radiometric dating methods prove that the earth is 4.5 billion years old.The textbooks speak of the radiometric dating techniques, and the dates themselves, as factual information.

Radiometric dating is based on the fact that radioactive isotopes decay to form isotopes of different elements.Uniformitarian geologists use so-called dating methods to determine the ages of the surrounding rocks.Certain types of rocks, especially those that form from magma (igneous), contain radioactive isotopes of different elements.The Bible gives us a much more reliable history of the earth as it was recorded by God.When someone mentions scientific dating methods, the first thing to come to mind for most people is carbon dating.

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