Radioactive age dating

03 Dec

Theoretically, Creationism remains workable within a wide range of age estimates.

Picture a swimmer competing in a 1,500 metre race and an observer with an accurate wristwatch.

The radiocarbon dating method is based on the fact that radiocarbon is constantly being created in the atmosphere by the interaction of cosmic rays with atmospheric nitrogen.

The resulting radiocarbon combines with atmospheric oxygen to form radioactive carbon dioxide, which is incorporated into plants by photosynthesis; animals then acquire in a sample from a dead plant or animal such as a piece of wood or a fragment of bone provides information that can be used to calculate when the animal or plant died.

We note that at the instant the swimmer touches the end of the pool our wristwatch reads and 53 seconds.

How long has the competitor taken to swim the race?