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They will argue that the clock was not reset if the age is too old, or that isotopes were selectively removed if the age turns out to be too young.

Volcanic ejecta of Mount Rangitoto (Auckland, New Zealand) was found to have a potassium-40 age of 485,000 years, yet trees buried within the volcanic material were dated with the carbon-14 method to be less than 300 years old.Could it be that the whole scientific community has missed this point, or is it another case of creationist daydreaming?This argument was popularized by Henry Morris (1974, p.164), who used some calculations done in 1968 by Melvin Cook to get the 10,000-year figure. Whitelaw, using a greater ratio of carbon-14 production to decay, concluded that only 5000 years passed since carbon-14 started forming in the atmosphere!It's assumed that the clock was set to zero when the study material was formed.This requires that only the parent isotope be initially present or that the amount of daughter isotope present at the beginning is known so that it can be subtracted.While there is no proof that the rates were different in the past than they are today, there is also no proof that they were the same.

Thus radioactive dating relies purely on assumptions.

It is assumed that we are dealing with a closed system—no loss of either parent or daughter elements has occurred since the study material formed.

No scientist can guarantee that any sample can be considered a closed system unless it was isolated from its environment when it was formed.

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For more on this subject, see the video Bones in Stones i. Ogden III, "Annals of the New York Academy of Science," 288 (1977): 167-173.