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Thus, he concluded, if our Earth were older than 30,000 years the incoming water should just equal the water leaking out.That is, the equilibrium point should have long since been reached given the present rate of carbon-14 production and the old age of the 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.Now, the fuller that barrel gets the more water is going to leak out the thoroughly perforated sides, just as more carbon-14 will decay if you have more of it around.
We say that the input and output of water is in equilibrium.
He prefers to march to his own beat, and his genius usually goes unacknowledged.
The following material has been taken from a sheet entitled Several Faulty Assumptions Are Used in all Radiometric Dating Methods.
The water coming out of the hose is analogous to the continuous production of carbon-14 atoms in the upper atmosphere.
The barrel represents the earth's atmosphere in which the carbon-14 accumulates.
He seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to chow—he can tell when it is near and devours all of it soon after!