posted on Jun, 26 2010 @ 10:41 PM
LOL this thread makes me chuckle. The two of you going on about dates as if they are real scientific fact. Again how do you know these dates?
Originally posted by Phage
You determine the age of a rock by comparing the ratios of radioactive isotopes contained in it. It isn't perfect but it's pretty darned good.
[edit on 6/26/2010 by Phage]
Do all rocks contain radioactive isotopes? If so then how do you know how many the rock had when it was formed? You must know this to compare with how
many it has now in order to tell it's age right? If not then what do you compare it to in order to get the ratios you refer to? Apples to oranges?
When was this technique developed? I',ve never heard of it. I grew up being told you can't tell the age of a rock... You need organic material to
get a basic general guess about somethings age, and even then carbon dating has proven to be less than accurate.
But much more importantly and more on topic, how many rocks from Mars have we studied in this manner? None? One or two meteorites? What about rocks
from the rest of the solar system that you seem to know the age of? Zero?
Don't get me wrong, I understand that this is our best guess at the present time, and that's fine and good, but when you start to jump to so many
conclusions based on so many guesses you're bound to overlook and miss things... like the fact that life could have been present on Mars, or that it
is still there today.
If you input the wrong data into a machine it will allways give the wrong anwer.