Waikato university radiometric dating

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Find the mines or the treasure they refer to, and you may have a chance to find out when the stone maps were created.

Short of that, the debate over the age of the stone maps will most likely never end.

But the results would only indicate how long ago mother earth formed the rocks that the stone maps were made from millions or billions of years ago.

The question is really when were the inscriptions carved into the stone maps?

The half–life of potassium–40 is far longer than that of carbon–14—1.3 billion years.

Other radiometric dating techniques are available for earlier periods.

Unfortunately it will not work on the stone maps because the radiocarbon process is only accurate on items between the ages of approximately 600 (10% of the halflife of carbon 14) and 6,000 years old due to standard statistical deviation in the rate of decay and halflife of carbon 14.

The radiocarbon dating method could supply useful information about the age of any organic materials in the inscriptions on the stone maps only if the inscriptions on the stone maps were over 600 and less than 6,000 years old.

However, because the half–life of carbon–14 is short, this dating technique is less dependable for specimens older than 40,000 years than it is for more recent remains.

A further issue is known as the "Old Wood" problem.

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