# Arguments against radiometric dating

### Index

- Can all radiometric dating methods be wrong?
- What type of rock cannot be dated with radiometric methods?
- Why do scientists reject all but the oldest dating methods?
- Is radiocarbon (C-14) dating reliable?
- How reliable is radiometric dating?
- What is the most common radiometric dating method for uranium?
- Why do scientists reject all but the oldest dating methods?
- Why do creationists question radiometric dating methods?
- Do relative dating methods provide an age in years?
- Why do scientists use multiple methods to date specimens?
- Is there such a thing as an accurate dating technique?
- Do all the dating methods give similar dates?
- What is radiocarbon dating?
- Is carbon-14 dating reliable?
- What is the significance of the 14 C isotope in radiocarbon dating?
- What is C-14 dating and how is it used?

### Can all radiometric dating methods be wrong?

In regard to the radiometric dating of rocks, it is known that various different radiometric methods often yield quite discordant dates for the same rock, thus proving that they cannot all be correct.

### What type of rock cannot be dated with radiometric methods?

The other methods deal with dating igneous rocks. Sedimentary rocks normally cannot be dated with radiometric methods (there are a few exceptions) because they do not have crystals that were consolidated at the time the rock was formed.

### Why do scientists reject all but the oldest dating methods?

Yet when asked why they reject all but the oldest science-based dating methods, the answer often given is that (they think) long-age radiometric dating is more reliable and that science settled the matter of the earth’s age many years ago.

### Is radiocarbon (C-14) dating reliable?

Therefore it should come as no surprise that creationists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) have been trying desperately to discredit this method for years. They have their work cut out for them, however, because radiocarbon (C-14) dating is one of the most reliable of all the radiometric dating methods.

### How reliable is radiometric dating?

The reliability of radiometric dating is subject to three unprovable assumptions that every geologist must make when using the radioactive “clock”. Radioactive rocks offer a similar “clock.” Radioactive atoms, such as uranium (the parent isotopes), decay into stable atoms, such as lead (the daughter isotopes), at a measurable rate.

### What is the most common radiometric dating method for uranium?

One common radiometric dating method is the Uranium-Lead method. This involves uranium isotopes with an atomic mass of 238. This is the most common form of uranium.

### Why do scientists reject all but the oldest dating methods?

Yet when asked why they reject all but the oldest science-based dating methods, the answer often given is that (they think) long-age radiometric dating is more reliable and that science settled the matter of the earth’s age many years ago.

### Why do creationists question radiometric dating methods?

Other radiometric dating methods are based on similar assumptions. If the assumptions cannot be trusted, then the calculations based on them are unsound. It is for this reason that creationists question radiometric dating methods and do not accept their results.

### What is radiocarbon dating?

**Radiocarbon dating** (also referred to as carbon **dating** or carbon-14 **dating**) is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of **radiocarbon**, a radioactive isotope of carbon. The method was developed in the late 1940s at the University of Chicago by Willard Libby.

### Is carbon-14 dating reliable?

They have their work cut out for them, however, because radiocarbon (C-14) dating is one of the most reliable of all the radiometric dating methods. This article will answer several of the most common creationist attacks on carbon-14 dating, using the question-answer format that has proved so useful to lecturers and debaters.

### What is the significance of the 14 C isotope in radiocarbon dating?

Radiocarbon dating is simply a measure of the level of 14 C isotope within the organic remains (8). This is not as clear-cut as it seems as the amount of 14 C isotopes in the atmosphere can vary. This is why calibration against objects whose age is known is required (14).

### What is C-14 dating and how is it used?

C-14 dating is only applicable to organic and some inorganic materials (not applicable to metals). Gas proportional counting, liquid scintillation counting and accelerator mass spectrometry are the three principal radiocarbon dating methods.