In their minds, these conflicts are a little mystery that will be resolved with creative thinking and more research.
He gives an example of volcanic lava along the border of Uganda, Zaire and Rwanda, East Africa. Faure says that in this case we should interpret the line, not as an isochron, but a “mixing line”. With the rubidium-strontium method they obtained an age of 481 million years but with samarium-neodymium the age was almost double at 824 million years.
That lava is known to be relatively young, possibly erupted within historical times, yet a rubidium-strontium straight-line isochron gave an age of 773 million years. Did the disagreement cause the researchers to doubt the dating methods? They removed the disagreement by the way they ‘interpreted’ the results.
They said the older age was the age the rocks underwent metamorphism, while the younger age was when the rocks were later heated. No matter what the numbers are, a plausible story can always be invented Using the lead-lead method, a whole-rock sample gave an age of 508 million years.
When it comes to measuring the ages of things, we are told that there are a dozen different radioactive dating methods and that they all give the same answer. Fossil wood from a quarry near the town of Banbury, England, some 80 miles north-west of London, was dated using the carbon-14 method.
Diamonds analyzed from mines in South Africa and Botswana, and from alluvial deposits in Guinea, West Africa, found measurable carbon-14—over ten times the detection limit of the laboratory equipment.
The average ‘age’ calculated for the samples was 55,700 years.Yet the rocks that contained the diamonds ranged from 1,000 to 3,000 million years old. Rock samples from a lava dome within the Mount St Helens crater, USA, were dated using the potassium-argon method. When some of the amphibole minerals in the rock sample were extracted and analyzed separately, their age was more than double at 900,000 years. The lava dome formed after Mount St Helens exploded in 1980 and the samples were just 10 years old.Two mineral samples of a different mineral, pyroxene, gave an age of 1,700,000 and 2,800,000 years. Here are more conflicting results between dating methods.Creationist scientists have uncovered dozens of anomalies and conflicts like this.Surprisingly, these conflicting results do not unsettle mainstream geologists.They genuinely believe the world is billions of years old, and the conflicting results do not cause them to question their belief.