For students of evolution, Baffin Island can be a blessing. The retreat of Arctic glaciers is ”exposing landscapes that haven't seen the sun for nearly 120,000 years.”
Where did they get their number?
“What's preserved includes tiny Arctic plants and mosses that were last alive when the ice enveloped the land. As the ice melts, study leader Simon Pendleton said, it exposes this ancient, delicate vegetation. Wind and water destroy the long-lost plants within months, but if researchers can get to them first, they can use radiocarbon dating to determine the age of the vegetation.”
They subjected the finds to carbon-14 testing and found “all of their samples were at least as old as the oldest age that radiocarbon dating can detect: 40,000 years. That's a direct indication that the plants had been under ice for at least that long, the researchers reported Jan. 25 in the journal Nature Communications.”
Carbon-14 dating can have its surprises. Not wanting to make a way for Noah’s Flood to have had an effect on it, they just reported what the facts said. Noah’s Flood probably took millions of tons of vegetation into the sea, thus interrupting modern-day time estimates.