Turning our attention now to a phenomenon that involves both geological formations and the effects of radiation, we must examine, at least in passing, those enigmatic microscopic scars, radiohalos. Unbeknownst to most people, the beautiful slabs of granite that we use for decoration and function in our homes and to commemorate those who have passed contain a special secret that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Hidden amidst its many crystalline components, granite tends to possess a dark, glossy material known as biotite. Under examination, it can be seen that these biotite fragments are composed of a range of finer materials, including zircon crystals, and these in turn are typically surrounded by dark, concentric rings. 1 These are radiohalos, and their presence in these materials should not be dismissed lightly.
You see, radioactive uranium in the zircon crystals are responsible for these halos, with their radiation damaging the surrounding material, discoloring it in several concentric spherical scars, each radiating away from its core (the radiocentre.) Each circular scar represents another stage of decay, and interestingly, given today’s uranium decay rates, it would take as long as 100 million years to produce the number of rings typically exhibited in radiohalos. 2
There is yet another side to these particular little scars, insofar as they tend to be associated with scars made by the decay of the element polonium. Due to its rapid decay, polonium is rarely found in nature, yet because uranium generates quantities of it in its own decay the two are often associated with each other. That however is how polonium is typically found, but in the case of certain radiohalos, something special can be seen. What is intriguing about a number of unmistakable polonium radiohalos is that they are often found alone, located at the very radiocentre of their own scars, without the accompaniment of uranium!
You see, what makes this fact so telling is the decay rates of each. The fact that polonium decays so quickly stands in stark opposition to the exceedingly long periods needed to decay uranium. Yet here we see clear, unmistakable evidence for the existence of polonium radiohalos, made no doubt over the course of hours or at most days, 3 immediately next to radiohalos of uranium, in some cases less than a millimeter away, each of which we are told would have taken perhaps a hundred million years to form! The discrepancy between the two is inescapable and frightfully implicit!
What does it all mean, you ask? The conundrum before us is one that seems to oppose the notions of the mainstream. In effect, what these radiohalos indicate is that at some point after the granite was freshly created, still hot but no longer molten, waters flowed through the spaces therein, forcing bits of polonium out of the areas where they had been birthed by decaying uranium, and deposited micrometers away, still viable enough at that point to produce their own individual radiohalos. The timing of the thing is where it gets very interesting. You see, a hundred million years worth of decaying uranium would have been necessary to produce the polonium needed to form its own radiohalos, yet such had to occur rapidly enough for the polonium to be concentrated, moved, and deposited in order to form a viable radiation scar without it decaying away to nothing first! The very existence of polonium radiohalos in granite means that something, some as yet unknown event or process, caused uranium to decay up to a billion times faster than what is accepted by the mainstream, and what’s more is that this process had to occur in fresh granite, as soon as solidification began. 4
Unlike the mainstream claim that such rocks take millions of years to form and cool, for this scenario to play out as the evidence indicates, the granite must have been complete within ten days or so! 5 What processes that led to the conditions that precipitated such a feat can only be imagined, regardless however, the implications of that phenomena are astounding, for not only must we wonder if other elements have decayed billions of times faster than assumed today, but also it leads one to the bold notion that this is not an ancient planet of untold aeons, but of a new, fresh creation at the hands of something immensely powerful.
Though the notions of deep-time are foundational to the modern understanding of geology, evidence across the field leads those who see it for what it is to question that core paradigm. What are we to make of the confused and displaced strata and fossils, or of the still-fresh soft tissues that lay hidden in bones that are held to be millions of years old? What of the ocean’s sediments and salinity, and even the very existence of fossils and other artifacts in continental crusts?
Do polonium radiohalos adjacent to uranium radiohalos indicate a miraculous creation over an amazingly rapid period of time? Is radiometric dating as accurate and trustworthy as the mainstream claims, or do the demonstrable effects of neutrino bombardment and cavitation on radioisotope decay give us pause in trusting this standard of the field?
What’s more is that aside from these recognizable incidents or even some other as yet unknown catalyst for disrupting radioactive decay, how can we justify our faith in a radiometrically-derived age when we cannot know the variables associated with the inherent concentrations of isotopes within a given sample? For me, the weight of the evidence against geological deep-time is far too great to ignore, forcing me to look beyond that which the mainstream assures is true…
– This was an excerpt from “Remnants of Eden: Evolution, Deep-Time, & the Antediluvian World.” Get your copy here today. God bless! –
- , Andrew A., “Radiohalos: Startling Evidence of Catastrophic Geologic Processes on a Young Earth,” Creation 28(2):46–50 March 2006, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/radiohalosstartling-evidence-of-catastrophic-geologic-processes-on-a-young-earth, retrieved August 23rd, 2015
- Humphreys, D.R., “Accelerated Nuclear Decay: a Viable Hypothesis?,” in: Vardiman, L., Snelling, A.A. and Chaffin, E.F. (Eds), Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth: A Young-Earth Creationist Research Initiative, Institute for Creation Research, California, and Creation Research Society, Missouri, pp 333–379, 2000
- Snelling, A.A., “Radiohalos in Granites: Evidence for Accelerated Nuclear Decay,” in: Vardiman, L., Snelling, A.A. and Chaffin, E.F. (Eds), Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth: Results of a Young-Earth Creationist Research Initiative, Institute for Creation Research, California, and Creation Research Society, Missouri, pp 101–207, 2005
- Laney, R. and Laughlin, A.W., “Natural Annealing of the Pleochroic Haloes in Biotite Samples From Deep Drill Holes,” Fenton Hill, New Mexico, Geophysical Research Letters 8(5):501–504, 1981
- Smelling, Andrew A.,”Radiohalos: Startling Evidence of Catastrophic Geologic Processes on a Young Earth,” Creation 28(2):46–50 March 2006, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/radiohalosstartling-evidence-of-catastrophic-geologic-processes-on-a-young-earth, retrieved August 23rd, 2015
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