When experts compare the tree-ring dates with the C dates, they find that radiocarbon ages before BC are really too young—not too old as Cook maintains. So, creationists who complain about double rings in their attempts to disprove C dating are actually grasping at straws.
In years of severe drought, a bristlecone pine may fail to grow a complete ring all the way around its perimeter; we may find the ring if we bore into the tree from one angle, but not from another. Creationists such as Cook claim that cosmic radiation is now forming C in the atmosphere about one and one-third times faster than it is decaying. The process begins with crystals that are polished into precisely oriented plates for analysis. This is the final stage of the analysis that began with selecting diamond crystals with suitable sulfide inclusions from working mines. Concerning the sequence of rings derived from the bristlecone pine, Ferguson says:. Investigators will have long used in the age of dating is radiocarbon ages may.