Carbon 14 dating and religion

After all, this what the archeologist guessed in their published books.

Some believe trees are known to be as old as 9,000 years. A lot of people doubt this claim for various good reasons I wont go into here.

As with any radioactive isotope, carbon-14 decays over time.

The half-life of carbon 14 is approximate 5,730 years.

The Seventh-day Adventists and the American Scientific Affiliation were central forums in the controversy regarding radioactive dating during the first decade after the invention of the C-14 dating method.

Then the controversy spread out into wider evangelical circles.

Dates up to this point in history are well documented for C14 calibration.

For object over 4,000 years old the method becomes very unreliable for the following reason: Objects older then 4,000 years run into a problem in that there are few if any known artifacts to be used as the standard.

Since its advent in the mid-20th century, it has been one of the central topics in the creation-evolution controversy.

In this case, it took about 30 million processor-hours on the Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Jaguar has a peak performance of 2.3 quadrillion calculations per second, a speed that topped the list of the world's top 500 supercomputers when the carbon-14 simulations were run.

Iowa State University physicists, left to right, Pieter Maris and James Vary have used supercomputing power to solve the puzzle of the long, slow decay of carbon-14.

That long half-life makes carbon-14 a useful tool to determine the ages of skeletons and other artifacts.

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