Journal Name: pp 143-51 of Radioactive Dating and Methods of Low-Level Counting.

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Only the living trees by strict necessity need date from the time of the flood or more recent times.

In that case, the pre-flood trees would have to remain in the same vicinity probably anchored as stumps, for the period of around a year until the flood waters receded.

The White Mountains rise abruptly east of the Sierra Nevadas, reaching over 14,000 feet in elevation near the ancient Bristlecone pine forest.

They lie in the rain shadow of the Sierras, with an average annual rainfall of 10-13 inches.

Trees were likely created with tree-rings already in place. Did God preserve the Bristlecone pines, with their unique combination of living and dead wood, as a record of recent creation?

Rocks would likely have yielded old dates by the faulty radio-isotope methods in use today. This is known as the "Appearance of Age Theory." Even with only minor adjustments in the growth-ring-to-year correlation, most creation scientists would feel quite comfortable with a resulting date of creation in the 6000-7000 B. We don't know for sure, but dendrochronology is certainly a science that provides facts which evolutionists do not care to publicize.

The ring-growth record from the pre-flood period would also have to be as extensive as it is in the current trees in the forest.

If the dead wood was still viable for sprigs and seeds, this would explain the continued existence of the Bristlecone pine forest in the same location. This causes a little bit more problem for the Ussher dating, but it is not insurmountable.

Of course, "modern" evolutionists have held these dates up for ridicule, but the Bristlecone pine research may well verify them. Some experiments have even suggested that many periods of time could have been characterized by the growth of one extra ring every one to four years, with evidence in controlled laboratory situations showing extra ring growth tied to short drought periods.

Flood and Creation Dating the oldest Bristlecone pines now living quite possibly have been growing since right after the flood. These varied conditions could allow a slightly more recent date which may even closely match Ussher's date of 2350 B. Even without adjustment, the living Bristlecones do fit well within the range of dates for the flood provided by numerous Biblical scholars.

Ferguson then started sampling the dead wood found scattered on the southern slopes of the mountains and found that the loose dead wood did not match the existing ring patterns. The actual date may be adjusted for extremely wet years which occurred in the past, as shown by the numerous dry lakes in the desert regions of eastern California and Nevada.