Errors are feared in carbon dating
It turns out that the widely-used Carbon-14 dating method may be up to 2,000 years off the mark.”We had not expected to see an effect of 2,000 years.The discovery has some fairly frightening implications because it’s crucial to archaeology to have steady fixation points in the dating work.Atomic mass is a combination of the number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus.(The electrons are so much lighter that they do not contribute significantly to the mass of an atom.) C), also referred to as radiocarbon, is claimed to be a reliable dating method for determining the age of fossils up to 50,000 to 60,000 years.
Scientists use a technique called radiometric dating to estimate the ages of rocks, fossils, and the earth.
Some isotopes of certain elements are unstable; they can spontaneously change into another kind of atom in a process called “radioactive decay.” Since this process presently happens at a known measured rate, scientists attempt to use it like a “clock” to tell how long ago a rock or fossil formed.
There are two main applications for radiometric dating.
If this claim is true, the biblical account of a young earth (about 6,000 years) is in question, since C dates of tens of thousands of years are common.1 When a scientist’s interpretation of data does not match the clear meaning of the text in the Bible, we should never reinterpret the Bible.
God knows just what He meant to say, and His understanding of science is infallible, whereas ours is fallible.
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(Photo: Sagnlandet Lejre)Danish Stone Age settlements may turn out to be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years younger than we thought.