How do scientists determine the age of earth and rocks as being “billions” and “millions” of years old? The evolutionary age of the earth is about 4.5 billion years.How was that age determined since there is no date stamped of on the rocks regarding its time of origin?
The problem is that the method of radiometric dating is based on countless assumptions.
There are certain minerals that contain elements that decay through the process of radioactivity. The amount of radioactivity is minuscule and therefore not dangerous, but it causes the original isotope to decay, which then causes it to lose mass and becomes smaller.
It begins with the original isotope—the parent—and decays into a new isotope appropriately named the daughter isotope.
This system is used to date rocks with long ages measuring in billions and millions of years.
Radiometric Dating, the primary tool to date rocks, although discovered in the early 1900s, was not used until the 1950s.
That’s when scientists developed sensitive instruments to detect radioactive isotopes.
Today, evolutionists cherish and hold on to this method of dating rocks firmly as their Holy Grail because it gives them the long ages they need for evolution to exist.
Much speculation exists regarding earth’s origins in how it specifically formed.
So then, how do you date an object that is in a molten hot stage? The only way is through dating the meteorites which are rocks that fall through space that eventually hit the earth.
Evolutionary scientists believe that meteorites are remnants of planets that came from somewhere in our solar system and is thought to have the same age as earth.
Meteorite samples are sent out to a laboratory to be tested by a special method called radiometric dating.