To understand this process we must first understand a little bit about the atoms themselves and how they get their names.
Most carbon atoms have six positively charged protons and six uncharged neutrons.
So even if that tree hadn’t been cut down, it would be less than 5,000 years old today.
Now you might think that the oldest living trees are the majestic sequoias, but in fact, these long-lived trees are the not-so-majestic Great Basin bristlecone pines, : They don’t look like much, do they?
“Crossdating, the matching of patterns of ring variation among trees, is the one immutable principle of tree-ring science.
Any analysis that does not employ rigorous, replicable crossdating is not dendrochronological [tree-ring dating] in nature: counting rings does not afford the comparative validation necessary to produce absolutely dated ring sequences.” Thus, one cannot build reliable chronologies simply from counting tree rings. For example, “unfortunately, the low-elevation Huon pine[s] do not crossdate well and the ring-width chronologies that have been developed show a complex but weak temperature signal.” In other words, forest scientists sometimes have difficulty figuring out which ring features correspond to which temperature range or calendar year.
About 21 pounds of Nitrogen is converted each year making about 1/trillion atmospheric carbon atoms radioactive C.
Then an age can be obtained for the organic material.
If that is the case, then it is time for a reality check.We could add disease and excessive activity by pests to that list.Different locations on the mountain also affect tree growth in that factors such as temperature, moisture, soil thickness, soil type, susceptibility to fire, susceptibility to wind, and the amount of sunlight received vary, sometimes dramatically.Nevertheless, they are the oldest living things dated by dendrochronology.An interesting question now arises: How old can a bristlecone pine get? In fact, if the scientist who cut Prometheus down had any inkling that he was cutting down the oldest living tree, he never would have done it.Debater Bill Nye recently used these tree studies to challenge the biblical timeline. Let’s do our homework and look at secularists’ technical reports about tree rings.