Creationist view on absolute relative dating

A tree’s age can be found by simply counting its rings.By comparing the pattern of thick and thin rings to weather records, scientists can verify that the method is accurate.The periodic table shows the types of atoms that make up the world around us.An element in the periodic table can come in different flavors called isotopes.This method can even be used on dead trees that fell in a forest long ago.

So, if we find a rock with equal parts Potassium-40 and Argon-40, we know that half the Potassium-40 has decayed into Argon-40, and that the rock hardened 1.3 billion years ago.Using the known rate of change in radio-active elements (radiometric dating), some Earth rocks have been shown to be billions of years old, while the oldest solar system rocks are dated at 4.6 billion years.Astronomers use the distance to galaxies and the speed of light to calculate that the light has been traveling for billions of years.In this way, multiple trees can be used to build a master chronology for a forested region.European oak trees have been used to build a 12,000-year chronology.

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