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If life evolved on Earth as materialist scientists claim, the planet must be very old. In fact it must be billions of years old. Otherwise there is not enough time for life to have evolved. The current theory is that the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old.
In order to determine how old the Earth is, these scientists use a technique called potassium-argon dating (K-AR). A particular isotope of potassium, K-40, undergoes a decay process and eventually becomes an argon isotope, Ar-40. It is reasonable to ask if the K-Ar test is accurate before we accept its results as accurate. It turns out that the test is definitely not accurate. Here are two cases.
Hawaiian Lava Flow
Researchers found similar conflict in Hawaii. A lava flow that is known to have taken place in 1800-1801 — less than 200 years ago — was dated by potassium-argon as being 2,960 million years old. (3) If the real dates had not been reasonably well established by other means, who could have proved that the potassium-argon dates were so wrong?…
3. J. G. Funkhouser and J. J. Naughton, “He and Ar in ultramafic inclusions”, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 73, 1968, pp. 4601-4607
Mount St. Helens
The newly-formed lava domes at Mount St. Helens was dated to an age of 340,000 years when it was only 10 years old.
Austin, Steven A. 1996. “Excess Argon within Mineral Concentrates from the New Dacite Lava Dome at Mount St. Helens Volcano.” Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal. 10 (3): 335-343.
What Went Wrong?
Because of the half-life pf K-40, the test can only be done when the rock sample is tens of thousands of years old. If it is younger than that the test will fail and the results will be off. Therefore, when the sample is only 10 or 200 years old, you are going to bad results.
However, this explanation does not let those who believe in an old Earth off the hook. When they test a sample of rock and get an age in the billions of years, is it really that old or is it much younger, maybe a couple of thousand years old, and just giving a bad result like the examples above. We have no way of knowing. The K-Ar test is not trustworthy. Despite this it is still being used because it supports the preconceptions of the materialists.
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