From a recent email...
C14 in Coal? It shouldn't be there!
Carbon-14 is an unstable form of carbon that decays into nitrogen 14 at a measured rate-and this forms the basis of carbon-14 dating.
In 2003 a group of researchers performed an unusual test on 10 coal samples obtained from Pennsylvania State University. The researchers wanted to see if carbon-14 could be detected in the coal samples.
This test might be considered 'unusual' because carbon-14 decays relatively fast, and should not be detectable after a maximum of 90,000 years. Yet the coal samples tested came from strata allegedly ranging in age from 37 million to 318 million years.
The laboratory results were clear: all of the 10 coal samples contained carbon-14; and similar amounts.
This seriously undermines the evolutionary dates for the rock strata containing the coal, because the presence of carbon-14 affirms that the coal samples cannot be millions of years old.
Profs comment... Combine this with coal strata supposedly millions of years apart that have fossil tree trunks passing through both strata makes the theory of evolution look like a pretty dodgy con...
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