The water coming out of the hose is analogous to the continuous production of carbon-14 atoms in the upper atmosphere.
So, we have a “clock” which starts ticking the moment something dies.
Obviously, this works only for things which were once living.
Familiar to us as the black substance in charred wood, as diamonds, and the graphite in “lead” pencils, carbon comes in several forms, or isotopes.
One rare form has atoms that are 14 times as heavy as hydrogen atoms: carbon-14, or C ratio gets smaller.
We will deal with carbon dating first and then with the other dating methods.
Carbon has unique properties that are essential for life on Earth.The water leaking out the sides of the barrel represents the loss (mainly by radioactive decay) of the atmosphere's supply of carbon-14.Love-hungry teenagers and archaeologists agree: dating is hard.The numbers of C14 atoms and non-radioactive carbon atoms remain approximately the same over time during the organism’s life.The following material has been taken from a sheet entitled Several Faulty Assumptions Are Used in all Radiometric Dating Methods.Could it be that the whole scientific community has missed this point, or is it another case of creationist daydreaming?