This element is locked in tiny zircons within the granite. While it stays within the zircon for a period of time, being a very small atom, helium escapes the zircon within a few thousand years.
When creation scientists studied granite samples, they made interesting discoveries.
It takes another 5,730 for half of the remainder to decay, and then another 5,730 for half of what's left then to decay and so on.
The period of time that it takes for half of a sample to decay is called a "half-life." Radiocarbon oxidizes (that is, it combines with oxygen) and enters the biosphere through natural processes like breathing and eating.
Until recent years, scientists who believe in creation haven't had the necessary resources to explore radiometric dating in detail.
A 10 gram sample of U-238Now that has changed, and some important discoveries are being made.
The new isotope is called "radiocarbon" because it is radioactive, though it is not dangerous.
This is how carbon dating works: Carbon is a naturally abundant element found in the atmosphere, in the earth, in the oceans, and in every living creature.
C-12 is by far the most common isotope, while only about one in a trillion carbon atoms is C-14.
When granite rock hardens, it freezes radioactive elements in place.
The most common radioactive element in granite is Uranium-238.
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