Can carbon dating be wrong
They interpreted these discoveries as vindicating both uniformitarianism and evolution, which led to the domination of these beliefs in academic circles around the world throughout the twentieth century.
However, modern technology has produced a major fly in that uniformitarian ointment.
"coal") is a chemical element with symbol C and atomic number 6.
It is nonmetallic and tetravalent—making four electrons available to form covalent chemical bonds. Carbon is the 15th most abundant element in the Earth's crust, and the fourth most abundant element in the universe by mass after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen.
The Bible, by contrast, paints a radically different picture of our planet's history.
In particular, it describes a time when God catastrophically destroyed the earth and essentially all its life.
A conservative estimate for the pre-Flood biomass is 100 times that of today.
It is the second most abundant element in the human body by mass (about 18.5%) after oxygen.
This means trilobites, dinosaurs, and mammals all dwelled on the planet simultaneously, and they perished together in this world-destroying cataclysm.
Although creationists have long pointed out the rock formations themselves testify unmistakably to water catastrophism on a global scale, evolutionists generally have ignored this testimony.
A key technical advance, which occurred about 25 years ago, involved the ability to measure the ratio of C ratio from approximately 1% of the modern value to about 0.001%, extending the theoretical range of sensitivity from about 40,000 years to about 90,000 years.
The expectation was that this improvement in precision would make it possible to use this technique to date dramatically older fossil material.