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.
After a minute and a half, the fire in the watered tree has all but puttered out.
Meanwhile the dry tree has fuelled a colossal roaring fire that could have deadly consequences.
Check your Christmas tree lights are in good condition & turn them off before you go to bed.
Make sure you have working smoke alarms pic.twitter.com/Ux Ix C80Ut Q — London Fire Brigade (@London Fire) December 4, 2017London Fire Brigade’s group manager for community safety, Mark Hazelton said: “Check your Christmas tree lights are in good condition, turn them off before you go to bed and be safe at home over the festive season.
The NIST said the ignition of the trees was similar to that of an electric short from fairy lights, or a candle being placed too close to a tree.