New data collected by secular researchers has confirmed what creation scientists discovered decades ago—geologists’ assumptions about radioactive decay are not always correct.
For a century, the radioactive decay of unstable elements into more stable ones has been used as a natural clock to estimate the age of earth materials.
So, it is not surprising that Brennecka’s team has now found a need to tweak the age formulas used for dating meteoritic material.
Although it is apparent that millions of years worth of decay—at today’s slow rates—has occurred in isotope decay systems, it is clear that the decay occurred rapidly, during a period of extreme acceleration.
The differing amounts of material that were found in separate samplings of the same meteorite were unexpected.
For example, in 1979, John Woodmorappe catalogued scores of discordant dates “determined” by isotope decay systems, all published in secular literature.
Gregory Brennecka of Arizona State University and colleagues measured the relative amounts of Uranium 238 to Uranium 235 from several samples taken from the large Allende meteorite, named for the village in Mexico near where it landed in 1969.
With the more sensitive instrument, they detected small differences in isotope ratios from different inclusions within the same meteorite..
Even the solar system has been dated using one of these systems, by measuring the amount of a decaying element and comparing it to the amount of its stable (decayed) daughter material in meteorites.
However, a recent analysis using state-of-the-art equipment found that a basic assumption underlying one of these clock systems needs to be re-evaluated.