Here I want to concentrate on another source of error, namely, processes that take place within magma chambers.To me it has been a real eye opener to see all the processes that are taking place and their potential influence on radiometric dating.[...]Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were an internationally agreed standard? It is ISO 8601, Data elements and interchange formats - Information interchange - Representation of dates and times.ISO 8601 corresponds to the UN Working Party on the Facilitation of International Trade Procedures in its Recommendation 7.Most people are not aware of the many processes that take place in lava before it erupts and as it solidifies, processes that can have a tremendous influence on daughter to parent ratios.
These long time periods are computed by measuring the ratio of daughter to parent substance in a rock and inferring an age based on this ratio.
scientific and archaeological articles shoud employ the bce/ce system to label dates, and should not continue to utilize the archaic and problematic bc/ad system.
then again, we should all be using the metric system and driving fuel efficient cars as well, so we’ll see how well the article is received.
The YYYY MM DD date format is the internationally agreed concise format for unambiguous dates and ought to be adopted by everyone.
It is logical, with the biggest denominators being listed first (the same way as numbers, times and weights are), making it easily sortable and utterly clear.