Helium and carbon dating
Mc Innes’ team found that zircon crystals were very low in helium.Using the helium dating technique, the team was able to determine the age of the zircon crystals and cross match that with the known age of the kimberlite layers in Australia.Measurements of C on the same sample suite enable us to assess the relative applicability of the three groundwater chronometers over a range of anticipated groundwater residence times (ages), and to investigate possible causes of discordant ‘ages’ derived from the different groundwater dating techniques.Results from the analyses of 39 groundwater samples reveal helium-4 (He.The high helium retention levels suggested to us and many other creationists that the helium simply had not had enough time to diffuse out of the zircons, and that recent accelerated nuclear decay had produced over a billion years worth of helium within only the last few thousand years, during Creation and/or the Flood.Such acceleration would reduce the radioisotopic time scale from megayears down to months.The result is an ongoing map of where the low-helium, diamond-rich deposits most likely exist underground – the most likely source of the hidden diamonds that so many have looked for in the Northern Territory for so long.
Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE) was a project by creation pseudoscientists from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) to study radiometric dating as applied to the age of the Earth.
However, the benefit of the helium dating breakthrough is not necessarily to seek out personal treasure.
This development will be used by the scientific community for the purpose of better dating the Earth’s geological history as well as trying to predict and monitor earthquakes and other geological events like volcanic eruptions.
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According to the Curtin University press release, Professor Brent Mc Innes devised the idea of using the laser and helium dating technique on zircon crystals that come from a diamond-rich rock known as kimberlite.