However, the amount of C has not been rising steadily as Cook maintains; instead, it has fluctuated up and down over the past ten thousand years. These diamonds are considered to be billion years old according to uniformitarian geologists, so they should have been radiocarbon-dead. There is ample experimental verification that decay rates are not affected by environmental factors. If you took a core in the four oclock position, you would find some broad rings in the center and then some very narrow rings, which you might compare with a similar reference sample and derive a date. Sure, it's possible to be 0. In a last ditch effort, young earth creationists exclaim that scientists just assume, without warrant, that decay rate are constant.
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Radiometric Dating is Accurate
To these two assumptions we can add the assumption of the constancy of the rate of decay of C, the assumption that dead organic matter is not later altered with respect to its carbon content by any biologic or other activity, the assumption that the carbon dioxide contents of the ocean and atmosphere has been constant with time, the assumption that the huge reservoir of oceanic carbon has not changed in size during the period of applicability of the method, and the assumption that the rate of formation and the rate of decay of radiocarbon atoms have been in equilibrium throughout the period of applicability. Pro also resorted to special pleading when he said I sourced a "religious" journal. However, a Florida Hurricane deposited a six-inch-thick mud layer with numerous thin laminae Journal of Geology, Posted by snackshack79 3 years ago. The question is what accuracy is achieved despite all the potential problems.