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Creationist view carbon dating

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For this reason, it is simply impossible for carbon dating to give dates as old as millions of years. The point is that fluctuations in the rate of C production mean that at times the production rate will exceed the decay rate, while at other times the decay rate will be the larger.

Thus, it gets passed up the food chain. Clearly, that is not something which normally happens. Since plants breath carbon dioxide, they will intake some C as well and make it part of their tissue. Laboratories, of course, do have techniques for identifying and correcting contamination. Judging from the above, it is easy to see that creationists are indulging in wild fishing expeditions.

Once we have a good approximation of the half-life for carbon, its decay curve can be constructed with complete confidence. Therefore, so is its decay curve. Further study might even allow correction tables. With that in mind, let's look at a few carbon dates. However, there are laboratory techniques, often ingenious, for dealing with such problems.

How carbon dating is supposed to work Once an organism dies, its C decay is no longer being replaced by intake. Known amounts of daughter and parent element from the start. Parent or daughter products could have leached in or out of the sample. This statement merely reveals Slusher's ignorance of nuclear physics. The water level just sits there even though the hose is going full blast.

The dipole moment of the earth's magnetic field, sunspot activity, the Suess effect, possible nearby supernova explosions, and even ocean absorption can have some effect on the carbon concentration. Because of background radiation, that's about as far as one can normally go with this counting method.

Rather I am conceding due to no current evidence for the contrary. Measurements of the decay rate of K in different substances under various conditions indicate that variations in the chemical and physical environment have no detectable effect on its e.

How carbon dating is supposed