A Summary of the Million Dollar RATE Research Project (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth) Introduction: Rocks and fossils do not come with dates on them.
In fact, the very concept of strata representing long ages does not come from the rock strata themselves.
That concept began with eighteenth-century French naturalist Georges Cuvier, picked up steam with Charles Lyell, and it has been in vogue ever since.
And today we know through lab experiments and natural disasters (such as the eruption of Mt. Helens) that major layering of rock strata can happen catastrophically in a short period of time.
Young-earth creation geologists have long held that most sedimentary strata resulted from waterborne deposits during Noah’s Flood.
The resulting rock strata may harbor fossils from a particular habitat area or ecosystem, but do not represent a particular age or era.
Why else do we find marine fossils on the tops of all the major mountain ranges?
An examination of sedimentary rocks worldwide shows a striking consistency with the unimaginably massive Flood that wiped out whole environments.
It caused massive sedimentary layering and sorting and fossilizing of the creatures buried therein.
Also remember that modern disasters (on a smaller scale) like Mount St.
Helens and Southwest Pacific tsunamis produced large deposits of multi-layered strata in a matter of hours or days… Yes, we all have been inundated with teaching that rocks are dated in the millions and billions of years, but are they really? Do they really NEED to be millions or billions of years old?
Actually the assignment of a certain number of millions of years to a rock formation does not derive from the strata itself.
The standard Geological Column became the reference point, even though it does not appear anywhere on earth except in text books.
And the ages assigned to the layers were derived from long age evolutionary assumptions – not from the scientific facts, – as the column was established long before we even had radiometric dating.