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While these values do not compute an age for the Earth, they do establish a lower limit (the Earth must be at least as old as any formation on it).

This lower limit is at least concordant with the independently derived figure of 4.55 billion years for the Earth's actual age.

For example: Also note that the meteorite ages (both when dated mainly by Rb-Sr dating in groups, and by multiple means individually) are in exact agreement with the solar system "model lead age" produced earlier.

Young-Earthers have several methods which they claim to give "upper limits" to the age of the Earth, much lower than the age calculated above (usually in the thousands of years).

Those which appear the most frequently in are reproduced below: Note that these aren't necessarily the "best" or most difficult to refute of young-Earth arguments.

However, they are quite popular in modern creation-"science" literature (even though they should not be!

See the Isochron Dating FAQ or Faure (1986, chapter 18) for technical detail.

Note that young-Earthers cannot accuse us of selective use of data -- the above table includes a significant fraction of all meteorites on which isotope dating has been attempted. 286) , less than 100 meteorites have been subjected to isotope dating, and of those about 70 yield ages with low analytical error.

Further, the oldest age determinations of individual meteorites generally give concordant ages by multiple radiometric means, or multiple tests across different samples.

Helium is not light enough to escape the Earth's gravity (unlike hydrogen), and it will therefore accumulate over time.

The current level of helium in the atmosphere would accumulate in less than two hundred thousand years, therefore the Earth is young.

Further, the processes of erosion and crustal recycling have apparently destroyed all of the earliest surface.