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The barrel represents the earth's atmosphere in which the carbon-14 accumulates.
The water coming out of the hose is analogous to the continuous production of carbon-14 atoms in the upper atmosphere.
It's a great argument except for one, little thing.
The water is coming out of the hose at a steady rate as our model assumed!
Creationists don't want their readers to be distracted with problems like that -- unless the cat is already out of the bag and something has to be said.
Tree-ring dating (see Topic 27) gives us a wonderful check on the radiocarbon dating method for the last 8000 years.