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Erosion Rates Match Radioisotope Dates

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Analysis of several new dating techniques provides consistent results, arguing that Earth is indeed older than 10,000 years. Dating techniques using erosion rates, thermal histories, and radioisotopes were applied to rocks from the western Canadian shield (a huge, U-shaped landmass covering much of Canada and parts of the northeastern U.S.). The radioisotope techniques provide information on when the crystals began migrating to the surface (because of erosion) and how deep in the crust they started. The results provided for the zircon and apatite crystals both matched the timescales given by measured erosion rates. One characteristic of a good model is that measurements of the same quantity made using independent techniques provide consistent results. Such consistency of results provides further support for RTB’s creation model, which puts the Earth at 4.5 billion years old.

o       R.M. Flowers, S.A. Bowring, P.W. Reiners, “Low Long-term Erosion Rates and Extreme Continental Stability Documented by Ancient (U-Th)/He Dates,” Geology 34 (2006): 925-28.


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