Carbon 14 the radioactive nuclide used in dating fossils has


He is presently employed in the Space & Atmospheric Sciences Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Its presence in organic materials is used extensively as basis of the radiocarbon dating method to date archaeological, geological, and hydrogeological samples.Moreover, after another 5,730 years, the sample will once again reach half of the mass it started with.But this time, the mass it started with is half of the initial mass, so that means that you're going to be left with one quarter of the initial mass after 2 half-lives pass.Could it be that the whole scientific community has missed this point, or is it another case of creationist daydreaming?This argument was popularized by Henry Morris (1974, p.164), who used some calculations done in 1968 by Melvin Cook to get the 10,000-year figure. Whitelaw, using a greater ratio of carbon-14 production to decay, concluded that only 5000 years passed since carbon-14 started forming in the atmosphere!Carbon 14 is used for this example:, which was put out by Dr. is presently only 1/3 of the way to an equilibrium value which will be reached in 30,000 years. Knowing how faulty creationist "facts" can be, let's do a little research of our own.

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