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Zucadragon

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Just wondering, a creationist keeps talking about how electromagnetism can affect carbon dating and she's currently working on where she read it from.

Anyone know anything about this, it sounds like a weird claim, but I'm not amazingly knowledgeable on it.
 


Posts: 103 | Posted: 05:22 AM on June 3, 2009 | IP
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Electromagnetism - you mean that she is implying that electricity and/or magnetic fields affect carbon dating?

Because astronomical data indicate that radioactive decay rates are the same in stars millions (and billions) of light-years away as measured here on earth, I would say that there is no affect of electromagnetism on radioaction decay - which is in the domain of the weak nuclear force.

Now there is paleomagnetism, where magnetic materials (like magnetite in igneous rock) align themselves with the magnetic field of the earth when they are formed.  Since the magnetic field of the earth undergoes reversals periodically, rocks formed during these times can record the event.

The pressence of these minerals showing alignment with reversals of the earth's magnetic fields demonstrate that the earth has been around for a long time.

So data from numerous source just don't support a young earth supposition.
 


Posts: 1460 | Posted: 09:02 AM on June 3, 2009 | IP
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Isn't it unstable elements like carbon and uranium that change elements due to the weak force changing the flavor of the quarks making the element stable? And at that level the individual particles that change are random, but the over all rate of change is consistent, making it possible for radiometric dating? And since the weak force is so much stronger then the magnetic force the process cannot be affected by the other force?

Sorry for the questions, it's been a while since I had to recall any of this information.


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