# Radiometric age dating techniques were used to establish the relative geologic time scale

### Index

- How is the age of a rock determined by the radiometric dating?
- What is the relationship between relative dating and radiometric dating?
- Can radiometric dates be used to estimate the Cretaceous period?
- Why do Geologists use radiometric decay dates?
- How can radioactive elements be used to measure the age of rocks?
- How do geologists determine the exact time when certain rocks appeared?
- What is radiometric dating?
- How is absolute age dating used in geology?
- Why is radiometric dating only used on igneous rocks?
- Why is radiometric dating difficult for young Earth creationists?
- Does radiometric dating give correct age estimates?
- Can meteorites be dated by radiometric dating?
- What do scientists mean by decay rates?
- How do geologists determine the age of the Earth?
- How do you determine the age of a radioactive isotope?
- What is the pathophysiology of radioactive decay?

### How is the age of a rock determined by the radiometric dating?

Radiometric dating provides numerical values for the age of an appropriate rock, usually expressed in millions of years.

### What is the relationship between relative dating and radiometric dating?

The integration of relative dating and radiometric dating has resulted in a series of increasingly precise absolute (i.e. numeric) geologic time scales, starting from about the 1910s to 1930s (simple radioisotope estimates) and becoming more precise as the modern radiometric dating methods were employed (starting in about the 1950s). 1

### Can radiometric dates be used to estimate the Cretaceous period?

Obradovich (1993) has measured a large number of high-quality radiometric dates from the Cretaceous Period, and has revised the geological time scale for this interval.

### Why do Geologists use radiometric decay dates?

Geologists use these dates to further define the boundaries of the geologic periods shown on the geologic time scale. Radiometric decay occurs when the nucleus of a radioactive atom spontaneously transforms into an atomic nucleus of a different, more stable isotope.

### How can radioactive elements be used to measure the age of rocks?

So, you can use the radioactive elements to measure the age of rocks and minerals. Below is a list of some common elements. Their useful range is from about 1/10 their half-life (the time it takes for half of the radioactive element/isotope-- the parent, to convert into a non-radioactive element/isotope-- the daughter) to 10 times their half-life.

### How do geologists determine the exact time when certain rocks appeared?

For the determination of the “exact” time when certain rocks appeared, it was the beginning of the 20 th century, i.e. the discovery of radioactivity that gave to the geologists a “clock” which helped them to define it. The determination of absolute (radiometric) age of a rock is based on the radioactive decay of isotopes.

### What is radiometric dating?

Radiometric dating is a method of establishing how old something is – perhaps a wooden artefact, a rock, or a fossil – based on the presence of a radioactive isotope within it.

### How is absolute age dating used in geology?

Absolute age dating (or, radiometric dating) determines the age of a rock based on how much radioactive material it contains. Note: The following is modified from Ithaca is Gorges: A Guide to the Geology of the Ithaca Area, Fourth Edition by Warren D. Allmon and Robert M. Ross (2007).

### What do scientists mean by decay rates?

When discussing decay rates, scientists refer to “half-lives”—the length of time it takes for one-half of the original atom of the radioactive isotope to decay into an atom of a new isotope.

### How do geologists determine the age of the Earth?

The term applies to all methods of age determination based on nuclear decay of naturally occurring radioactive isotopes. Bates and Jackson (1984) To determine the ages in years of Earth materials and the timing of geologic events such as exhumation and subduction, geologists utilize the process of radiometric decay.

### How do you determine the age of a radioactive isotope?

Radiometric dating calculates an age in years for geologic materials by measuring the presence of a short-life radioactive element, e.g., carbon-14, or a long-life radioactive element plus its decay product, e.g., potassium-14/argon-40.

### What is the pathophysiology of radioactive decay?

Radiometric decay occurs when the nucleus of a radioactive atom spontaneously transforms into an atomic nucleus of a different, more stable isotope. This transformation happens via the emission of particles such as electrons (known as beta decay) and alpha particles.