# What is the accuracy of radiometric dating

### Index

- How reliable is radiometric dating?
- Can radiometric dating be used to date sedimentary rocks?
- What is the most common radiometric dating method for uranium?
- Why do creationists question radiometric dating methods?
- What is the most common radiometric dating method?
- What are the limitations of radiometric dating?
- Why do scientists reject all but the oldest dating methods?
- Why do creationists question radiometric dating methods?
- What is uranium lead radiometric dating used for?
- What are the different methods of radiometric dating?
- What is uranium-lead dating?
- What is the error margin in uranium-lead radiometric dating?
- Why is radiometric dating difficult for young Earth creationists?
- Does radiometric dating have any scientific merit?
- Does radiometric dating challenge the Bible’s creation record?
- Why is radiometric dating only used on igneous rocks?

### 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.

### Can radiometric dating be used to date sedimentary rocks?

There is a discussion of a few examples of radiometric methods with sedimentary rocks in Mythology of Modern Dating Methods. Creationists believe that the assumptions of radiometric dating are invalid and cannot be proven.

### 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 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 the most common radiometric dating method?

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. It decays by a 14-step process into lead-206, which is stable. Each step involves the elimination of either an alpha or a beta particle.

### What are the limitations of radiometric dating?

The shortcomings of the radiometric dating method is one of many indications that our earth is only a maximum of 10,000 years old and was created by God. Another problem that calls into question the credibility of radiometric dating is heat contamination.

### 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.

### Why is radiometric dating difficult for young Earth creationists?

Radiometric dating of rocks and minerals using naturally occurring, long-lived radioactive isotopes is troublesome for young-earth creationists because the techniques have provided overwhelming evidence of the antiquity of the earth and life.

### Does radiometric dating have any scientific merit?

The topic of radiometric dating (and other dating methods) has received some of the most vicious attacks by young earth creation science theorists. However, none of the criticisms of young earth creationists have any scientific merit.

### Does radiometric dating challenge the Bible’s creation record?

For many people, radiometric dating might be the one scientific technique that most blatantly seems to challenge the Bible’s record of recent creation. For this reason, ICR research has long focused on the science behind these dating techniques.

### Why is radiometric dating only used on igneous rocks?

[2] Generally, radiometric dating is only used on igneous rocks; rocks that have formed from magma or lava. The change from liquid to solid sets the “clock” to zero since the elements can no longer move around freely.