Radioisotope dating conveys an aura of reliability both to the general public and professional scientists. In August of 1993, I had the exciting privilege of accompanying geologist Dr.The best "proof" for millions of years of earth history in most people's minds is radioisotope dating. Steven Austin and others from the Institute for Creation Research on a climb into the crater of Mount St. It was one of those experiences that was well worth every exhausting moment!
(Numerous other radioisotope "ages" are also given.) Radioisotope dating is widely perceived to be the "gold standard" of dating methods and the "proof" for millions of years of earth history. "It is obvious that radiometric techniques may not be the absolute dating methods that they are claimed to be.
But when the method is tested on rocks of known age it fails miserably. Age estimates on a given geologic stratum by different radiometric methods are often quite different (sometimes by hundreds of millions of years).
Geologists agree that these volcanoes erupted only thousands of years ago, spilling lava into an already eroded Grand Canyon, even temporarily damming the Colorado River.
Rocks from these lava flows have been dated by the same rubidium-strontium isochron method used to date the Cardenas Basalt, giving an "age" of 1.34 billion years.
Helens provides a rare opportunity for putting radioisotope dating to the test.