This is how carbon dating works: Carbon is a naturally abundant element found in the atmosphere, in the earth, in the oceans, and in every living creature. C is by far the most common isotope, while only about one in a trillion carbon atoms is C C is produced in the upper atmosphere when nitrogen N is altered through the effects of cosmic radiation bombardment a proton is displaced by a neutron effectively changing the nitrogen atom into a carbon isotope. The new isotope is called "radiocarbon" because it is radioactive, though it is not dangerous. It is naturally unstable and so it will spontaneously decay back into N after a period of time.
What is Carbon Dating?
How Good are those Young-Earth Arguments: Radiocarbon Dating
Review by Greg Neyman. This was an article by Carl Wieland , and considering that it is almost 30 years old, is obviously out of date with the current understanding of Carbon dating. It begins with a general summary of what the carbon dating method is, which is generally accurate. The main criticism of the method is in the ration of Carbon to Carbon In order to accurately date an item, one must know the ratio at the time of the organism's death. Wieland is correct in this argument. However, scientists have accounted for this.
How Good Are Those Young-Earth Arguments?
Yes, I want to follow Jesus. I am a follower of Jesus. I still have questions. Is Carbon Dating Accurate? Only to a certain extent.
A less-common form of the carbon atom, carbon, is used today by scientists as a method to date once-living organisms. Many people believe that carbon dating disproves the Biblical time scale of history. However, because of the difficulties with current C14 dating techniques, the dates produced have been shown to be faulty.