Bulk properties[ edit ] Thorium is a moderately soft , paramagnetic , bright silvery radioactive actinide metal. In the periodic table , it lies to the right of actinium , to the left of protactinium , and below cerium. Pure thorium is very ductile and, as normal for metals, can be cold-rolled , swaged , and drawn. Aluminium ‘s is At the start of period 7 , from francium to thorium, the melting points of the elements increase as in other periods , because the number of delocalised electrons each atom contributes increases from one in francium to four in thorium, leading to greater attraction between these electrons and the metal ions as their charge increases from one to four. After thorium, there is a new downward trend in melting points from thorium to plutonium , where the number of f electrons increases from about 0.
Changing Views of the History of the Earth
Carbon , Radiometric Dating and Index Fossils Carbon dating is used to determine the age of biological artifacts up to 50, years old. This technique is widely used on recent artifacts, but educators and students alike should note that this technique will not work on older fossils like those of the dinosaurs alleged to be millions of years old. This technique is not restricted to bones; it can also be used on cloth, wood and plant fibers.
Carbon dating has been used successfully on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Minoan ruins and tombs of the pharaohs among other things.
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. Along with scores of other Bible-believing.
Both isotopes are the starting points for complex decay series that eventually produce stable isotopes of lead. Uranium-lead dating was applied initially to uranium minerals, e. The amount of radiogenic lead from all these methods must be distinguished from naturally occurring lead, and this is calculated by using the ratio with Pb, which is a stable isotope of the element then, after correcting for original lead, if the mineral has remained in a closed system, the U: If this is the case, they are concordant and the age determined is most probably the actual age of the specimen.
If the ages determined using these two methods do not agree, then they do not fall on this curve and are therefore discordant. This commonly occurs if the system has been heated or otherwise disturbed, causing a loss of some of the lead daughter atoms. Because Pb and Pb are chemically identical, they are usually lost in the same proportions. The plot of the ratios will then produce a straight line below the Concordia curve. Wetherill has shown that the two points on the Concordia curve intersected by this straight line will represent the time of initial crystallization and the time of the subsequent lead loss.
The Age of the Earth
The Radiometric Dating Game Radiometric dating methods estimate the age of rocks using calculations based on the decay rates of radioactive elements such as uranium, strontium, and potassium. On the surface, radiometric dating methods appear to give powerful support to the statement that life has existed on the earth for hundreds of millions, even billions, of years. We are told that these methods are accurate to a few percent, and that there are many different methods.
We are told that of all the radiometric dates that are measured, only a few percent are anomalous. 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.
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By Wayne Jackson Dr. Others allege that the Bible simply does not speak to this matter. Ross, see Van Bebber and Taylor The Basic Issue If it is true that the Bible is completely silent on this topic, then certainly we ought not to make an issue of it. But, is the Bible silent regarding the age of the earth and the human race? We pose these questions for reflection: Do the Scriptures contain chronological data which allow the careful student to arrive at a relatively reliable estimate as to the antiquity of the human race?
Does the Bible teach that the earth and mankind were created in the same week? If these questions can be answered affirmatively—and we are confident they can—then the testimony of inspiration must be respected. Shall the declarations of the Scriptures be dismissed merely because some are intimidated by the assertions of skeptical scientists who are committed to the theory of evolution?
And make no mistake about it, the lust for time is paramount in the Darwinian scenario of origins. The late George Wald of Harvard University was bolder yet:
Enter your email address to receive occasional updates and previews from The New Atlantis. Latest tweets from TNAjournal Algis Valiunas Marie Curie — is not only the most important woman scientist ever; she is arguably the most important scientist all told since Darwin. She took part in the discovery of radioactivity, a term she coined; she identified it as an atomic property of certain elements. When scoffers challenged these discoveries, she meticulously determined the atomic weight of the radioactive element she had revealed to the world, radium, and thereby placed her work beyond serious doubt.
Yet many male scientists of her day belittled her achievement, even denied her competence.
Importance of zircon in uranium-lead dating. The mineral zircon adds three more fundamental advantages to uranium–lead dating. First, its crystal structure allows a small amount of tetravalent uranium to substitute for zirconium but excludes with great efficiency the incorporation of lead. (It might be said that one begins with an empty box.).
That alone must have been a project in itself. More expensive ways to kill more people, please!!! I was really surprised by that camera pan too. It goes from standstill to full turning rate instantly it seems. This is just a guess, but could it be that this was a panorama scene shot with super slow motion and just edited to look like it was a panning camera? Is that air just combusting because of the extreme pressure wave ahead of the projectile?
The method for capturing a projectile in flight like that involves a rotating mirror, the camera itself is stationary. Dean 60 mega joules is alot!!! And that is a net The ship will be half generator and half capacitor,,,,, and terribly sensitive to salt water.
History[ edit ] All the elements and isotopes we encounter on Earth, with the exceptions of hydrogen, deuterium, helium, helium-3, and perhaps trace amounts of stable lithium and beryllium isotopes which were created in the Big Bang , were created by the s-process or the r-process in stars, and for those to be today a part of the Earth, must have been created not later than 4. All the elements created more than 4.
At the time when they were created, those that were unstable began decaying immediately. There are only two other methods to create isotopes: Unstable isotopes decay to their daughter products which may sometimes be even more unstable at a given rate; eventually, often after a series of decays, a stable isotope is reached:
Uranium–lead dating, abbreviated U–Pb dating, is one of the oldest and most refined of the radiometric dating schemes. It can be used to date rocks that formed and crystallised from about 1 million years to over billion years ago with routine precisions in the –1 percent range.. The dating method is usually performed on the mineral zircon.
Historical oddities or anomalous news stories especially attracted my interest, lingering in my mind for years to come. I was home, sick, and watching television, sipping an endless stream of the chicken noodle soup that my mother always made for me when I was ill. My mother sat on the sofa, sewing and watching her shows. Then, the programs were interrupted by the familiar voice of Walter Cronkite, and the news began to break.
Like many children in America, I cried that night. A year or so later when the Warren Report was published and excerpted in almost every newspaper in the country, I remember thinking “bullets just don’t do that. Physics was also an interest for me, and another oddity lodged in my mind as I read the standard histories: I thought that was an extremely odd oddity indeed. It seemed to have the same sharp angles and corners as the Warren Commission’s “magic bullet”.
It just didn’t fit. Other odd facts accumulated over the years as if to underline the strangeness of the war’s end in general and that fact in particular. Then, in , the Berlin Wall came down and the two post-war Germanies raced toward reunification.
Clocks in the Rocks
The isochron method Many radioactive dating methods are based on minute additions of daughter products to a rock or mineral in which a considerable amount of daughter-type isotopes already exists. These isotopes did not come from radioactive decay in the system but rather formed during the original creation of the elements. In this case, it is a big advantage to present the data in a form in which the abundance of both the parent and daughter isotopes are given with respect to the abundance of the initial background daughter.
The incremental additions of the daughter type can then be viewed in proportion to the abundance of parent atoms. In mathematical terms this is achieved as follows.
Dr. Hugh Ross, a theologian/scientist, who contends that the earth is billions of years old, has characterized the issue of the age of the earth as “a trivial doctrinal point” (, 11).
While there are numerous natural processes that can serve as clocks, there are also many natural processes that can reset or scramble these time-dependent processes and introduce uncertainties. To try to set a reasonable bound on the age, we could presume that the Earth formed at the same time as the rest of the solar system. If the small masses that become meteorites are part of that system, then a measurement of the solidification time of those meteorites gives an estimate of the age of the Earth.
The following illustration points to a scenario for developing such an age estimate. Some of the progress in finding very old samples of rock on the Earth are summarized in the following comments. It is a compound of zirconium, silicon and oxygen which in its colorless form is used to make brilliant gems.
How Old Is the Earth?
Leibnitz reworked Descartes’s cosmogony. Protogea was published much later in An essay toward a Natural History of the Earth. Woodward came down fairly strongly for the view that the flood was an act of God that could not be accounted for by normal physical processes. He also postulated hydrological sorting to account for the ordering of fossils.
Decay routes[ edit ] The above uranium to lead decay routes occur via a series of alpha and beta decays, in which U with daughter nuclides undergo total eight alpha and six beta decays whereas U with daughters only experience seven alpha and four beta decays. The term U—Pb dating normally implies the coupled use of both decay schemes in the ‘concordia diagram’ see below.
However, use of a single decay scheme usually U to Pb leads to the U—Pb isochron dating method, analogous to the rubidium—strontium dating method. Finally, ages can also be determined from the U—Pb system by analysis of Pb isotope ratios alone. This is termed the lead—lead dating method. Clair Cameron Patterson , an American geochemist who pioneered studies of uranium—lead radiometric dating methods, is famous for having used it to obtain one of the earliest estimates of the age of the Earth.
Mineralogy[ edit ] Although zircon ZrSiO4 is most commonly used, other minerals such as monazite see: Where crystals such as zircon with uranium and thorium inclusions do not occur, a better, more inclusive, model of the data must be applied. These types of minerals often produce lower precision ages than igneous and metamorphic minerals traditionally used for age dating, but are more common in the geologic record.
Interaction between mineralogy and radioactive breakdown[ edit ] During the alpha decay steps, the zircon crystal experiences radiation damage, associated with each alpha decay.