Books on carbon dating
Virtually all fossils found within sedimentary rocks are the remains of creatures that perished during the Genesis Flood about 4,500 years ago.Yet a skeptic might point out that the amounts of C found in these organic samples are smaller than what one might expect if they are only about 4,500 years old.Second, such large calculated ages are based on the C/C ratio has remained unchanged for tens of thousands of years.A global flood like the one described in the Bible would invalidate this assumption.Creation scientists have estimated (based upon the amounts of organic matter thought to be contained within the sedimentary layers) that the carbon in the pre-Flood biosphere may have been 300 to 700 times greater than what is present in today’s world.C/C ratio was 500 times smaller than today’s value, this would be equivalent to 100 p MC/500 = 0.2 p MC.Evolutionists have long used the carbon-14, or radiocarbon, dating technique as a “hammer” to bludgeon Bible-believing Christians.
Nearly anyone can verify this for themselves using basic multiplication and division.We find that about 18 such halvings are required for the p MC value to drop below 0.001 (Figures 1 and 2).(We could “round up” the value of 0.0007 p MC at 17 half-lives to 0.001 p MC, but the 0.00038 p MC at 18 half-lives is definitely below the detection threshold.) Since each half-life is 5,730 years, this means that no C has even been detected in diamonds, which some scientists claim are billions of years old!Radioisotope dating methods involving the heavier, longer-lived isotopes (methods such as uranium-lead, potassium-argon, etc.) are one of the main justifications that evolutionists use to argue for such vast ages.Because these radioisotope methods yield age estimates of many millions of years for igneous rocks, it is thought that sedimentary rocks are also millions of years old, as well as the organic remains found within them.
In principle, this decay rate may be used to “date” the time since an organism’s death.