Indeed, using the measured rate of helium diffusion, these pre-Flood rocks have an average “diffusion age” of only 6,000 (± 2,000) years.3 These experimentally determined and repeatable results, based on the well-understood physical process of diffusion, thus emphatically demonstrate that these zircons are only a few thousand years old.The supposed 1.5-billion-year age is based on the unverifiable assumptions of radioisotope dating that are radically wrong.4 Another evidence of a young earth is the low amount of helium in the atmosphere.(§ is section of reference being cited.) Under the deep blue skies of northern New Mexico in the fall of 1974, drillmen labored to extract cores from a borehole called GT-2 (Figure 1) nearly three miles deep.The site was Fenton Hill, on the west flank of the Valles volcanic caldera in the pine-covered Jemez Mountains.
This contradicts the uniformitarian age of 1.5 billion years based on nuclear decay products in the same zircons.None of the critics listed below have published their denunciations in peer-reviewed scientific publications.Instead they are ‘lone-ranger’ opinions in un-reviewed venues such as Internet sites and seminars.Helium diffuses so rapidly that all the helium should have leaked out in less than 100,000 years. While drilling deep Precambrian (pre-Flood) granitic rocks in New Mexico, geologists extracted samples of zircon (zirconium silicate) crystals from different depths.The crystals contained not only uranium but also large amounts of helium.1 The hotter the rocks, the faster the helium should escape, so researchers were surprised to find that the deepest, and therefore hottest, zircons (at 387°F or 197°C) contained far more helium than expected.Helium diffuses so rapidly that all the helium in these zircon crystals should have leaked out in less than 100,000 years.The fact that so much helium is still there means they cannot be 1.5 billion years old, as uranium-lead dating suggests.My part of the RATE initiative, in collaboration with fellow RATE researchers Steve Austin, John Baumgardner, and Andrew Snelling, was to explain the remarkable retention of helium observed in radioactive crystals in granitic rocks.I showed that the retention is evidence that the usual radioactivity-based billion-year ages for such rocks are grossly wrong, and that the rocks are only 6000 (± 2000) years old.These data strongly support our hypothesis of episodes of highly accelerated nuclear decay occurring within thousands of years ago.Such accelerations shrink the radioisotopic "billions of years" down to the 6,000-year timescale of the Bible.