A recently killed seal at Mc Murdo Sound gave an age of 1,300 years. This is caused by the well known "reservoir effect." These particular seals fed: "..of animals that live in a nutrient-rich upwelling zone.The water that is upwelling has been traveling along the bottom [of the ocean] for a few thousand years before surfacing.They must be in error by a factor of at least 400,000 times. It is our policy to accurately portray both (or all) sides to each belief whenever multiple viewpoints exist.
Christian comments: "Presumably, the laboratories know that anomalous dates are common, so they need some check on whether they have obtained a "good" date." Lab personnel often ask for the approximate age of a specimen in advance of testing, so they can optimize their instruments in order to maximize the accuracy of the results. C-14 testing of a Lake Bonney seal estimated its age as 615 years ± 100.
Yet, it had been killed only a few weeks previous to the measurement.
For example, they tested a piece of wood from Pharaoh Zoser's tomb with the known tomb date, which was known to be circa 2700 to 2600 BCE. Since then, extended calibration checks have been made using U. bristlecone pine, German and Irish oak, and other species of trees.
That work pushed the calibration back well beyond recorded history to 10,000 BP (years before the present.) Other correlations have extended that to 26,000 years BP.
Since the accuracy of the Bible cannot be questioned, C-14 dating must contain massive errors -- by as much as a factor of five.
Similarly, other radiometric measurements which do not use carbon, have dated rocks in northern Quebec, Canada, at almost four billion years old.The Genesis flood is described in Genesis as occurring circa 2349 BCE.Samples from Egypt before, during and after the flood whose dates are precisely known have been C-14 dated without any difficulty.The carbon dioxide in it came from the atmosphere before the water sank...Thus the carbon in the sea water is a couple of thousand years "old" from when it was in the atmosphere." Its C-14 would have decayed significantly.Please be sure to include the name of this file (c14datc.htm) and your specific concerns.