If the earth were billions of years old, we wouldn’t find any helium in ancient rocks. And yet what do we find in old rocks? That’s right—helium.
“During the radioactive decay of uranium and thorium contained in rocks, lots of helium is produced,” writes Dr. Andrew Snelling. “Because helium is the second-lightest element and a noble gas—meaning it does not combine with other atoms—it readily diffuses (leaks) out and eventually escapes into the atmosphere. Helium diffuses so rapidly that all the helium should have leaked out in less than 100,000 years. So why are these rocks still full of helium?”
The hotter the rocks are, the faster helium escapes. And yet researchers have found pre-Flood granitic rocks in New Mexico that contained uranium and helium. Even the deepest and hottest zircons had much more helium than expected.
This mystery might baffle establishment scientists, but not young earth creationists!
2. Carbon-14 in Fossils, Coal & Diamonds
Carbon dating is a method scientists use to determine an organic substance’s age by measuring the amount of carbon-14 (radiocarbon) in it. But since carbon-14 decays so quickly (its half-life is only 5,730 years), carbon dating only works on fossils that are supposedly 50,000 years old or younger—or up to 80,000 years with certain devices.
So why have researchers detected carbon-14 in fossils that are supposedly hundreds of millions years old?
Between 1984 and 1998, scientists reported finding radiocarbon in 70 samples of fossils, coal, oil, natural gas, and marble that supposedly spanned 500 million years, reports Dr. Snelling.
That’s not all. Fossilized wood and coal samples that researchers said were 32-350 million years old had enough carbon-14 in them to appear only 20,000 to 50,000 years old. And diamonds said to be 1-3 billion years old have yielded carbon-14 ages of only 55,000 years.
How do we explain these levels of radiocarbon? Simple. Our earth is young.
3. Short-Lived Comets
Comets can’t survive billions of years.
You see, comets spend most of their time far away from the sun in the deep freeze of space. But once each orbit, they get close to the sun, which evaporates a lot of their ice and dislodges much of the dust that forms their beautiful tails.
Since comets have very little mass, each pass near the sun causes them to shrink considerably until, eventually, the comet is completely gone.
Comets can also be destroyed by ejections from the solar system and collision with other planets. An ejection happens when a comet gets too close to a big planet, causing that planet’s gravity to kick the comet out of the solar system. Ejections are fairly common, although collisions aren’t.
Because we know how often comets are destroyed, it’s easy to calculate their maximum age—just a few million years. Keep in mind that there’s no evidence to suggest that new comets are being created.
So if the universe is billions of years old, why do we still have so many comets today? Evolutionists still don’t have a solid answer to this question.
4. Very Little Salt in the Sea
If our oceans are as old as evolutionists claim, they should have much more salt than they do today.
Why? Because each year, large amounts of salt from glaciers, underground seepage, and atmospheric and volcanic dust get into the oceans. Oceans receive around 458 million tons of sodium each year, but only lose 122 million tons through natural processes.
“If seawater originally contained no sodium (salt) and the sodium accumulated at today’s rates, then today’s ocean saltiness would be reached in only 42 million years—only about 1/70 the 3 billion years evolutionists propose,” writes Dr. Snelling.
5. DNA in ‘Ancient’ Bacteria
According to an evolutionary worldview, species eventually evolve into other species through genetic mutations in the DNA.
This bacteria, nicknamed Lazarus bacteria, was discovered in salt crystal dated at 250 million years old. But if these bacteria were truly 250 million years old, their DNA would be very different from modern-day DNA.
Researchers were also shocked that the Lazarus bacteria DNA was intact at all. Even in ideal conditions, evolutionists agree that bacterial DNA shouldn’t last more than a million years.
But it makes perfect sense for the DNA to be intact as well as similar to modern-day bacteria if the earth is young!
Discover More Evidence for a Young Earth at Answers TV
Evolutionists have made many failed attempts to account for supposed billions of years of earth history. In this video, you’ll learn the true biblical age of the earth with Dr. Andrew Snelling as he examines the evidence.
Evolutionists firmly believe that the earth is billions of years old, and they often point to rocks and minerals as evidence of their theory. After all, rocks and minerals form slowly, right? Not quite.
In this episode, Cal Smith explains how this claim isn’t consistent with what we observe with nature—or with God’s Word.