Carbon dating explanation
by Dr Carl Wieland An attempt to explain this very important method of dating and the way in which, when fully understood, it supports a ‘short’ timescale.
In fact, the whole method is a giant ‘clock’ which seems to put a very young upper limit on the age of the atmosphere.
One can go on and on about the uses and benefits of this important element.
What methods do they use and how do these methods work?
In this article, we will examine the methods by which scientists use radioactivity to determine the age of objects, most notably carbon-14 dating.
Radiocarbon dating can be used on samples of bone, cloth, wood and plant fibers.
The half-life of a radioactive isotope describes the amount of time that it takes half of the isotope in a sample to decay.
Before we come to the Carbon cycle, we have to understand why Carbon is so important in the first place. So, all of us have to depend on plants for our nutrition and survival, and plants, in turn, require Carbon-dioxide along with sunlight, to make their own nutrition.