The use of carbon, also known as radiocarbon, to date organic materials has been an important method in both archaeology and geology. The technique was pioneered over fifty years ago by the physical chemist Willard Libby, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on 14 C. Since then, the technique has been widely used and continually improved. This paper will focus on how the radiocarbon dating method works, how it is used by scientists, and how creationists have interpreted the results. Carbon is a radioactive isotope formed in the upper atmosphere. It is constantly being produced by a system in which cosmic rays from the sun hit atoms, releasing neutrons.
Carbon 14 C dating was considered to be a tremendous breakthrough in science when Willard Libby devised it in But subsequent investigations have revealed it to be wholly inadequate for accurate dating of ancient materials. This is science vs. Inaccurate as it is, C Dates Rarely Produce very old Dates : In spite of its flaws, it is far more accurate than radiodating. One Problem is that Atmospheric Conditions have Changed : Radiocarbon in the atmosphere was different prior to B. Nutrino and Moisture Levels May Also Have Changed : Only if all the factors producing C in living tissue are unchanged, can past radiodating results be reliable.
Radiocarbon dating also referred to as carbon dating or carbon dating is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon , a radioactive isotope of carbon. The method was developed in the late s at the University of Chicago by Willard Libby , who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in It is based on the fact that radiocarbon 14 C is constantly being created in the atmosphere by the interaction of cosmic rays with atmospheric nitrogen. The resulting 14 C combines with atmospheric oxygen to form radioactive carbon dioxide , which is incorporated into plants by photosynthesis ; animals then acquire 14 C by eating the plants.
Understanding Radiocarbon Dating. Email: laurence unmaskingevolution. Webpage: www. Carbon forms in the upper atmosphere from Nitrogen gas.