Proof of age: carbon dating

The C-14 (isotope Carbon with number 14) method can be described as follows: C-14 is radio-active and is produced in the atmosphere by small isotopic elements in the universe.

It is absorbed by living organism like plants, animals and human beings. When a organism dies, the radio-active C-14 is released again according a decay curve with a characteristic time - about 6000 years - we call a 'half life' period. So if we want to know what the ancienity of some material we measure the C-14 be left in its sample.

In the grafit lab of the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, the samples are chemical pre-processed before they are burnt.

Producing grafit is very technical: after burning the sample, CO-2 gas is collected in small kegs. De CO-2 gas reacts with hydrogyn that provides us carbon. The water is frozen out of the and what's left behind is grafit powder. This grafitpowder is pressed in aluminium containers to prepare it for the C-14 dating machine.

A roundabout contains these small containers to measure. The roundabout contains 59 grafit samples among them some 'zero' samples. The C-cells that leave the source travel through the heart of the machine and are speeded up by an accelerator. In the middle they pass a high tension of 2 million VOLT that attracts the electrified cells and with high speed they pass a very strong magnet that makes the C-12 and C-13 to bow off to concentrate the C-14 in the detector at the end of the machine.

This detector measures the C-14 cells/sec. That is counted on a counter on the wall. Simultaneously a highly advanced computer also counts the C-14 cells. When the counting is about 60 carbon cells /sec, the sample is relatively young, when the counter goes all the way down to zero, we know it is very old, like the Kauri timber dug up from swamps.

Dating has proven beyond doubt that these Kauri forests grew during the period 30,000 to more then 50,000 years ago.

C14 gage

Independent research proof

Extensive scientific Radio Carbon Dating tests have done on samples of Swamp Kauri by independent organizations that include:

• University of Groningen, The Netherlands
• The University of New Zealand in Waikato, New Zealand
• The University of Sydney, Australia

Carbon dating