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Re: Carbon Dating

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Posted by David Wozney on July 18, 2001 21:51:27 UTC

Mario Dovalina wrote:

: Me: The earth is not 10,000 years old. It's
: about 4.6 billion years old. Carbon dating
: has proven this.
...
: Me: I would personally blame that on
: incompetence. I will admit that carbon dating
: isn't 100% accurate, but it is accurate enough.
: The decay of carbon can be predicted quite
: accurately, it's just contamination which ruins
: it. The contamination would not be to the
: degree that we would mistake 4600000000 years
: for 10000. That is insane.

Radiocarbon dating cannot be used to date
material to be millions of years old. Carbon-14
has a half-life of 5730 years. The oldest ages
that people claim radiocarbon dating can
determine is in the thousands of years, not
millions (or billions) of years.

For more information see
http://www.rae.org/ch04tud.html
http://www.pathlights.com/ce_encyclopedia/06dat5.htm
http://member.austasia.net/~barmstro/radcarbn.htm


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