Helium dating

Being as new a development as it is, the diamonds still lie hidden under the ground.

However, the benefit of the helium dating breakthrough is not necessarily to seek out personal treasure.

This helium seeps out of the the zircons quickly over a wide range of temperatures.

If the zircons really are about 1.5 billion years old (the age that conventional dating gives assuming a constant decay rate), almost all of the helium should have dissipated from the zircons long ago.

They claim that their "theory" has predictive power because they can use it to correctly calculate the remaining helium levels in zircons from various depths (and temperatures) in the well.The argument, presented in a creationist journal goes like this: The rock formation is radiometrically dated at about 1.5 billion years of age.The zircons contain uranium and thorium which have decayed to their daughter products including helium.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.And maybe they’ll find some diamonds along the way.

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