(On the other hand, if you don't like puns, you might not.) So if you believe your assumptions, use good methods, what could go wrong?Well, it turns out the problems with early carbon-14 were so severe, that many historians were on the verge of abandoning it.Now trees shed their leaves in the fall, and the leaves that fall in a lake form a thin layer at the bottom.This happens annually, and thus very thin annual layers are deposited. More snow is deposited in summer, when the air is wetter, than in winter. While many probably have not thought about it before, carbon-14 dating relates to Christianity and Judaism in interesting ways. Since there are many misconceptions about carbon-14 dating, this paper will explain the principle, the method, some early problems with it, and its current trustworthiness.Still others did this in Ireland, and others in England.
Since the carbon-14 decays, comparing the current ratio to the predicted C ratio vs. To sum up these assumptions, if you know the initial conditions, the final conditions, and everything in between, you will get the right answer.
By counting lake varves, one has a cross-check for carbon-14 dating similar to tree rings. Thus there are annual rings in Greenland ice cores too. While the atmospheric C Modern carbon-14 dating is substantially accurate for the period over which there is a calibration scale.
However, instead of dating organic matter, carbon-14 dating is performed on the minute amounts of carbon dioxide and methane gas in each layer. Our faith should not be based merely on Radiocarbon dating, but it is a strong witness to the accuracy and reliability of the Bible.
So, by comparing many different trees in a forest in South Germany, and performing radiocarbon dating on a large number of samples, a calibration scale was developed.
Other researchers did similar work in a forest in Northern Germany.