The Dating Game In Death Valley

How old is the Ubehebe Crater? Estimates seem to be all over the map but one thing is for sure, geologists think it was a fairly recent event, recent enough for the possibility of happening again!

Science Daily reports

“Up to now, geologists were vague on the age of the 600-foot deep crater, which formed when a rising plume of magma hit a pocket of underground water, creating an explosion.”

“The most common estimate was about 6,000 years, based partly on Native American artifacts found under debris. Now, a team based at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has used isotopes in rocks blown out of the crater to show that it formed just 800 years ago, around the year 1200.”

“That geologic youth means it probably still has some vigor; moreover, the scientists think there is still enough groundwater and magma around for another eventual reaction. The study appears in the current issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters.”

This event which happened perhaps in 1200AD, replicates an atom bomb going off so park dwellers should be warned as this event could still happen again! How reliable do you think these old earth assumptions are when determining dates?  Geologists were over 700 percent wrong in the previous estimate.

This goes to show the need to tell the public that they are using “estimates” rather than telling them, X did this 5 million years ago, and Y happened 10 million and because of 5a, Z happened 100,000 years ago.  Rather just explain to the public that these are dating estimates using assumptions.