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Carbon Dating - The Premise
Carbon dating is a dating technique predicated upon three things:
- The rate at which the unstable radioactive C-14 isotope decays into the stable non-radioactive N-14 isotope,
- The ratio of C-12 to C-14 found in a given specimen,
- And the ratio C-12 to C-14 found in the atmosphere at the time of the specimen's death.
- D. R. Humphreys, J. R. Baumgardner, S. A. Austin, and A. A., Snelling, "Helium diffusion rates support accelerated nuclear decay," in Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Creationism, R. Ivey, Ed., Creation Science Fellowship, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003. See also: Walt Brown, In the Beginning, 2001, p. 75, under "Constant Decay?"
- Brown, ibid, p. 246.