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Who invented radioactive dating

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. 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.

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