Radiometric dating speed of light
Some claim Genesis in particular, and the Bible in general looks mythical from this standpoint.A full discussion of the topic must therefore include the current scientific challenge to the OE concept.Radioactive parent (P) atoms decay to stable daughter (D) atoms e.g.the carbon isotope C-14 decays to nitrogen-14 and the uranium isotope U-235 decays to the lead isotope Pb-207.The crucial point here is: if YE theory can be established scientifically, then macroevolutionary theory falls!Accepted Dating Methods Here we outline some dating methods, both absolute and relative, that are widely accepted and used by the scientific community.Mathematically, P = Po exp(-lambda T), where lambda = the decay constant and T = the period of decay. a zero initial number of D atoms, where P(or D) = the current number of P(or D) atoms, it follows that the age of a rock or mineral is computed as T=(1/lambda)ln(1 D/P).
Similarly, annual lake sediments can be used to estimate relative age and conventional interpretation for the Green River varves suggests they have been formed over some 20 million years.
The technique gave 90 million years, but took no account of the non-constant erosion rate, or the loss and recycling of salt, or the fact that salt is obtained from other sources as well as continents.
More recently, work has been done on ocean sediments [S. This suggests that, given the current annual rates of erosion (some 27.5 billion tons), all earth's continents would be delivered into the oceans in just 14 million years.
This implies the earth is at least 20 million years old.
Astronomical cycles can also be used to measure relative age.