Time change of radioactive dating
However, for a collection of atoms, the collection's expected decay rate is characterized in terms of their measured decay constants or half-lives. The half-lives of radioactive atoms have no known upper limit, spanning a time range of over 55 orders of magnitude, from nearly instantaneous to far longer than the age of the universe.
Prior to 1905 the best and most accepted age of the Earth was that proposed by Lord Kelvin based on the amount of time necessary for the Earth to cool to its present temperature from a completely liquid state.
His Ph D thesis was on isotope ratios in meteorites, including surface exposure dating.
He was employed at Caltech's Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences at the time of writing the first edition.
I teach in a college located in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley of California.
We are very aware that we live in a place where a serious earthquake can occur and every October the college participates in the Great Shake Out.