Radiometric dating applied to sedimentary rocks

Both laboratories use standard, best-practice procedures on state-of-the-art equipment.

The model K-Ar ages for each of the samples ranged from 405.1±10 Ma to 2574.2±73 Ma.

Deep inside the Inner Gorge of Grand Canyon, northern Arizona, are the crystalline basement rocks that probably date back even to the Creation Week itself.

Clearly visible in the canyon walls are the light-colored granites, such as the Zoroaster Granite, which are stark against the darker, folded strata of the Vishnu Schist and the other metamorphic rock units of the Granite Gorge Metamorphic Suite (see lowest purple and green shading in diagram).

The computer program Isoplot was used to plot isochrons and calculate isochron ages from the other radioisotope analyses.

The best isochron plots, where all the variation from the line of best fit to the data incorporates all the analytical errors, yielded an Rb-Sr isochron age of 1240±84 Ma, an Sm-Nd isochron age of 1655±40 Ma, and a Pb-Pb isochron age of 1883±53 Ma.

It is also claimed that the original basalt lavas were erupted between 17 Ma, based on U-Pb dating of "original" zircon grains in metamorphosed felsic (granitic) volcanic layers within the Brahma and Rama Schists.

Twenty-seven Brahma amphibolite samples were collected from various Inner Gorge outcrops as part of the RATE (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth) project.

Among these metamorphosed volcanic strata are amphibolites, belonging to the Brahma Schist.Metamorphic rocks are not always easy to date using radio-isotopes.Results obtained usually signify the "date" of the metamorphism, but they may also yield the "age" of the original volcanic (or sedimentary) rock.Yet the discordance patterns are consistent with past accelerated radioisotope decay, which would also render these "clocks" useless.Thus there is no reliable evidence to dispute that these metamorphosed basalt lava flows deep in Grand Canyon date back to the Creation Week only thousands of years ago.

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