Radiocarbon dating and creationism
Carbon-14 (C at levels detectable by modern instruments.[i] Carbon dating of historical objects of known age is sometimes accurate back to about 1,000 BC, as verified by historical records.[ii] Carbon-14 dating begins with sound, repeatable science when researchers record isotope ratios.So the method itself is not the issue—it’s the that are made when the raw isotope ratio gets converted to calendar years that carbon dating becomes unreliable and inaccurate, especially on very old artifacts.While carbon dating can in fact return somewhat accurate ages for items that are a couple thousand years old (see discussion and endnotes below), too many evolutionary assumptions accompany carbon dates for items into the deeper past.Several unknown factors can seriously impact carbon ratios.Just a partial list of these factors includes: Factor 1: Forest fires.Massive forest fires can change C coming into the atmosphere than what we’d had previous to those atom bomb tests.”[iv] Researchers have found clever ways to normalize measurements to pre-bomb levels, but these extra complications may add more uncertainty to radiocarbon-based age assignments.Do we know about all the forest fires and volcanic eruptions that have occurred in the distant past? Noah’s Flood would have uprooted and buried entire forest systems, decreasing the release of C into the atmosphere through the decay of vegetation. Humphreys, and Steve Austin, Measurable 14C in Fossilized Organic Materials: Confirming the Young Earth Creation-Flood Model. Baumgardner, 14C evidence for a recent global flood and a young earth. Consequently, the calibration is a circular process and the tree ring chronology extension is also a circular process that is dependent on assumptions about the carbon dating system (see: B.
Atmospheric nuclear weapon tests almost doubled the concentration of 14C in the Northern Hemisphere. [vi] How would a recent past of high volcanism, as shown by ancient lava fields, ash falls, and dead volcanoes, have affected ancient carbon isotope ratios?Of the mass spectrometry technique used at Oxford, Dr. It is likely that the world following the Flood would have been much wetter with fewer contrasting seasons until after the Ice Age, which could explain the apparent date of the tree based on counting its rings.Baxter reports: ‘It came out very badly in the survey, even when dating samples as little as 200 years old.’ Only 7 out of 38 laboratories produced satisfactory results, and the margin of error with artefacts of known age was two or three times greater than the technique’s practitioners claim. When scientists build calibration models for radiocarbon dating that extend back many thousands of years, they attempt to build tree ring chronologies by “.Factor 4: Industrialization (past burning of coal).It is widely accepted that the mass burning of coal during the industrial revolution released an enormous amount of C ratio before the industrial revolution, and modern carbon dating takes this into account by running experimental measurements through a calibration formula.[vii] But how do we know what the ratio was like thousands of years ago? The dating system hangs on these types of assumptions! Several studies have shown: 1) significant solar flares have occurred in the past, and 2) these flares have an impact on carbon levels in the atmosphere.
The Specific Decay Rate (SDR) is known to be only 16.1 disintegrations per gram per minute.”[xviii] If it takes about 30,000 years to reach equilibrium and C is still out of equilibrium, the earth must not be very old.