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MYTH #2 Radiocarbon dating has established the date of some organic materials (., some peat deposits) to be well in excess of 50,000 years, thus rendering a recent creation (6 to 10 thousand years ago) impossible.

It should be noted that these measurement uncertainties do not increase linearly as one goes back in time. In Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS), for example, the number of radiocarbon atoms in a stream of atoms coming from the sample is counted. Thus there are statistical counting uncertainties proportional to the square root of the number of atoms counted. Older samples have a lower concentration of radiocarbon, but they can be (and often are) counted for longer periods of time to compensate for this lower concentration. By counting longer, the counting uncertainty in a radiocarbon measurement on a very old sample can be the same as that on a young sample.


Radiocarbon dating assumptions

Radiocarbon dating assumptions