And so the tree-ring sequence is extended from the living trees backwards. Conventional carbon-14 dating assumes that the system has been in equilibrium for tens or hundreds of thousands of years, and that , chapter 4).
The biggest problem with the process is that ring patterns are not unique.
Creationists have shown that the biblical kind is usually larger than the ‘species’ and in many cases even larger than the ’genus’—see my article Ligers and wholphins? Taking this into account would bring the age of the oldest living Bristlecone Pine into the post-Flood era.
Claimed older tree ring chronologies depend on the cross-matching of tree ring patterns of pieces of dead wood found near living trees.
As a tree physiologist I would say that evidence of false rings in surely counts much more strongly against such the notion. Considering that the immediate post-Flood world would have been wetter with less contrasting seasons until the Ice Age waned (see Q&A: Ice Age), many extra growth rings would have been produced in the Bristlecone pines (even though extra rings are not produced today because of the seasonal extremes).So the carbon ‘date’ is used to constrain just which match is acceptable.) of the White Mountains of Eastern California, were dated in 1957 by counting tree rings at 4,723 years old.This would mean they pre-dated the Flood which occurred around 4,350 years ago, taking a straightforward approach to Biblical chronology.
However, when the interpretation of scientific data contradicts the true history of the world as revealed in the Bible, then it’s the interpretation of the data that is at fault.
It’s important to remember that we have limited data, and new discoveries have often overturned previous ‘hard facts’.