Carbon-14 can yield dates of only “thousands of years” before it all breaks down.

Although many people think radiocarbon dating is used to date rocks, it is limited to dating things that contain the element carbon and were once alive (like fossils).

carbon 14 dating assumes that the carbon dioxide-1

We filter these ads as we find them, but this takes time. Carbon-14 dating is the standard method used by scientists to determine the age of certain fossilized remains.

As scientists will often claim something to be millions or billions of years old (ages that do not conform to the Biblical account of the age of the earth), Christians are often left wondering about the accuracy of the carbon-14 method.

SOLUTION: Carbon 14 dating assumes that the carbon dioxide on Earth today has the same radioactive content as it did centuries ago. If this is true, the amount of Carbon 14 absorbed by a tree that grew several centuries ago should be the same as the amount of Carbon 14 absorbed by a tree growing today.

If this is true, the amount of Carbon 14 absorbed by a tre Log in or register. A piece of ancient charcoal contains only 15% as much radioactive carbon as a piece of modern charcoal.

The result is that carbon 14 is present as a constant percentage of the total carbon in the atmosphere, although it does change slightly depending upon the amount of cosmic radiation reaching the atmosphere.

However, a correction can be made on the basis of carbon 14 readings on items whose age is known from archeological records.

Evolution Position The following was extracted from an August 27, 1996 post by Howard Hershey ([email protected]). Carbon exists in the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide, a gas.

It can either be present as stable carbon 12 or unstable carbon 14.

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