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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 30-06-2011
Category: Evolution related
Dating methods are not reliable.

An old earth convinces people that evolution must be true. How reliable is the radioisotope dating with which the great ages of the rocks of our planet are determined? We have reason to doubt the objectivity of dating methods as shown in the following examples of wrong dates when the age of the rock samples were known:

  • In a coal mine in Queensland, Australia, they came upon a basalt layer with unfossilized wood while drilling a vertical shaft. With carbon dating the age of the wood was determined as 30,000-45,000 years old, while the basalt, with the potassium-argon method gave an age of 39-58 Ma (million years).1
  • Basalt from Hualalei, which erupted in 1801, measured 160 Ma to 3 Ga (billion years) old with the potassium-argon method.2
  • Basalts from the Kilauea volcano eruption (very recent) measured 22 Ma old.3
  • Lava measured 465,000 years old, and wood in the lava measured less than 1,000 years old.4
  • Eruption material from Mt Rangitoto in New Zealand, less than 300 hundred years ago, measured 485,000 years by the potassium-argon method.5
  • The recently formed lava dome at Mount St Helens (1980) was tested by radio isotope dating, and the ages varied from 340,000 to 2.8 Ma.6
  • Rock samples from 12 volcanoes in Russia and ten samples from other places around the world were analyzed with dates from 100 million to ten billion years by typical radioactive dating methods. In all cases the volcanoes were known to have erupted less than 200 years ago.7
  • Relatively young lava at the border of Uganda, Zaire and Rwanda in East Africa was given an age (with the rubidium-strontium straight-line isochron) of 773 Ma.8
  • Amphibolite from South-East India gave an age of 481 Ma with the rubidium-strontium method, but with the samarium-neodymium the age was 824 Ma.9  It is interesting that the use of different isotopes give such different ages for the same rock.

We have reason to doubt the objectivity of dating methods that give such varying dates.


  1. A Snelling, Conflicting Ages of Tertiary Basalt and Contained Fossilized Wood, Crinum, Central Queensland, Australia, Creation Ex Nihilo 14, no.2 (2000): 99-122, cited by Morris, The Young Earth, p 52.
  2. Ref 4, p 47.
  3. Ref. 4, p 47.
  4. G J Funkhauser, J Naughton, 1968, cited in Ref. 4, p 47, 48.
  5. I McDougall et al, Excess radiogenic Argon in Young Subaerial Basalts from Auckland Volcanic Field, New Zealand, Geochemica et Cosmochemica Acta, Vol 33, 1969, p 1485-1520, quoted by J D Morris, The Young Earth, Master Books, 1994, p 54.
  6. S A Austin, Excess argon within mineral concentrates from the new dacite lava dome at Mount St Helens volcano, Journal of Creation 10(3):335-343, 1996.
  7. S P Clementson, A Critical Examination of Radioactive Dating of Rocks, Creation Research Society Quaterly, Dec. 1970, p 141 cited by J C Whitcomb, The World that Perished, Baker Book House, 1988, p 92.
  8. G Faure, Principles of Isotope Geology, 2nd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1986, p 145-147, cited by T Walker, Radiocative Dating Methods, ways they make conflicting results tell the same story, Creation 32(4)2010, p 30, 21.
  9. T Okudaira, T Hamamoto, BH Prasad, R Kuman, Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr dating amphobilite from the Nellore-Khammam schist belt, S.E. India: constraints on the collision of the EAstern Ghats terrane and Dharwar-Bastar craton, Geological Magazine, 138(4):495-498, 2001, cited by T Walker, Radiocative Dating Methods, ways they make conflicting results tell the same story, Creation 32(4)2010, p 30, 21.

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