Radioactive Haloes By Brian Simpson
As a Christian, and a science teacher, but also a sceptic about much of science, which I see as little more than a system of faith – if there were not technological goodies, it would be simply magic wrapped in mathematics (string theory for example, quantum mechanics) - I enjoyed the old creation science movement, which nor seems displaced by intelligent design. What I liked was how received science was undermined with respect to age issues, as people boldly argued for things like a Genesis Flood, and worked the geology to conform to that. That’s the spirit! Of course, Darwin as in for a hiding, with the natural selection of improbable mutations, which they saw as a miracle.
I have some notes from the work of Robert Gentry (1933-2020), on radioactive haloes, e.g. helium produced by radioactive decay in deep hot rocks that has not had the time to escape, which it should if the rocks were billions of years of age, and his papers appeared in top class journals:
V. Gentry (et al.), “Differential Helium Retention in Zircons: Implications for Nuclear Waste management,” Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 9, 1982.
“If the earth was created, it is axiomatic that created (primordial) rocks must now exist on the earth, and if there was a Flood there must now exist sedimentary rocks and other evidences of that event. But, if the general uniformitarian principle is correct, the universe evolved to its present state only by the unvarying action of known physical laws and all natural phenomena must fit into the evolutionary mosaic. If this fundamental principle is wrong, all the pieces in the evolutionary mosaic become unglued. Evidence that something is drastically wrong comes from the fact that this basic evolutionary premise has failed to provide a verifiable explanation for the widespread occurrence of Po halos in Precambrian granites, a phenomena which I suggest are in situ evidences that those rocks were created almost instantaneously in accord with Psalm 33:6,9: "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast." I have challenged my colleagues to synthesize a piece of granite with 218Po halos as a means of falsifying this interpretation, but have not received a response. It is logical that this synthesis should be possible if the uniformitarian principle is true. Underdeveloped U halos in coalified wood having high U/Pb ratios are cited evidences for a Flood-related recent (within the past few thousand years) emplacement of geological formations thought to be more than 100,000,000 years old. Results of differential He analyses of zircons taken from deep granite cores are evidence for a recently created, several-thousand-year-age of the earth. A creation model with three singularities, involving events beyond explanation by known physical laws, is proposed to account for these evidences. The first singularity is the ex nihilo creation of our galaxy nearly 6000 years ago. Finally, a new model for the structure of the universe is proposed based on the idea that all galaxies, including the Milky Way, are revolving about the Center of the universe, which from Psalm 103:19 I equate with the fixed location of God's throne. This model requires an absolute reference frame in the universe whereas modern Big Bang cosmology mandates there is no Center (the Cosmological Principle) and no absolute reference frame (the theory of relativity). The notion of the solar system through the cosmic microwave radiation is cited as unequivocal evidence for the existence of an absolute reference frame.”
As I see it, the papers on radioactive haloes all give evidence of different ages, all much less than the time scales of evolution, but greater than the 4,000 year typically cited by creationists. So, it is a puzzle, and I suppose the thing to reject is the 4,000 year old age that Bishop James Ussher proposed, but has been controversial even among Christian literalists since 1650: