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He would say that the date represents the time when the volcanic lava solidified.

Such an interpretation fits nicely into the range of what he already believes the age to be.

It relates only to the accuracy of the measuring equipment in the laboratory.

Even different samples of rock collected from the same outcrop would give a larger scatter of results. He would again say that the calculated age did not represent the time when the rock solidified.

Let us imagine that the date reported by the lab was 150.7 ± 2.8 million years.

Our geologist would be very happy with this result.

Creationists would generally agree with the above methods and use them in their geological work.

In other words, the age should lie between 197.2 million years and 203.6 million years.

However, this error is not the real error on the date.

From the mapped field relationships, it is a simple matter to work out a geological cross-section and the relative timing of the geologic events.

His geological cross-section may look something like Figure 2.

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