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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.

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