Radiometric dating volcanic ash

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Radiometric dating measures the decay of radioactive atoms to determine the age of a rock sample.

It is founded on unprovable assumptions such as 1) there has been no contamination and 2) the decay rate has remained constant.

In radiometric dating either a sample of remains, or instead surrounding strata, is analyzed to determine ratios of isotopes or elements that are present.

This is the only way Parentium-123 decays, and there is no other source of Daughterium-123.This gives us the impression that all but a small percentage of the dates computed by radiometric methods agree with the assumed ages of the rocks in which they are found, and that all of these various methods almost always give ages that agree with each other to within a few percentage points.Since there doesn't seem to be any systematic error that could cause so many methods to agree with each other so often, it seems that there is no other rational conclusion than to accept these dates as accurate.However, to read any clock accurately we must know where the clock was set at the beginning.Most people think that radioactive dating has proven the earth is billions of years old.

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