Many Christians have been led to distrust radiometric dating and are completely unaware of the great number of laboratory measurements that have shown these methods to be consistent.
Many are also unaware that Bible-believing Christians are among those actively involved in radiometric dating.
Graphite, one of the softest materials known, is a form of carbon that is primarily used as a lubricant.
Although it does occur naturally, most commercial graphite is produced by treating petroleum coke, a black tar residue remaining after the refinement of crude oil, in an oxygen-free oven.
Naturally occurring graphite occurs in two forms, alpha and beta.
These two forms have identical physical properties but different crystal structures.
Consider the following scenario: Paul the Paleontologist is a very famous scientist who has studied dinosaur bones all over the world.He was employed at Caltech's Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences at the time of writing the first edition.He is presently employed in the Space & Atmospheric Sciences Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.All carbon allotropes are solids under normal conditions, with graphite being the most thermodynamically stable form.They are chemically resistant and require high temperature to react even with oxygen.