Radioactive decay can be used as a “clock” because it is unaffected by physical (e.g. For instance, the amount varies according to how many cosmic rays reach Earth.This is affected by solar activity and the earth’s magnetic field.*See if I told you, you could turn a frog into a prince if you kissed it, you would all say it’s a fairy tale.However, if I told you the frog could turn into a prince if you waited billions of years, now it becomes believable, no it’s still a fairy tale. The earth was divided up into layers: Cambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic, etc…
All living organisms and our environment are made of carbon.
Each layer was assigned a name and an index fossil.
Then scientists said, “Now we have to prove these layers are old.” So they picked the numbers from the clear blue sky, and any dating technique that comes along, like carbon dating or any other method, must match the geologic column or else it is rejected.
The total mass of the isotope is indicated by the numerical superscript.
While the lighter isotopes C has decayed that what remains can no longer be measured. In 5,730 years half of the C in the atmosphere, and therefore in plants and animals, has not always been constant.
The Dating Game – Justin Pfeffer History of Carbon Dating Carbon dating was not invented until 1949, so when they started telling the kids that the earth was billions of year’s old, back in 1830, they didn’t tell them because of carbon dating. So why did they teach people the earth was billions of years old one hundred and sixty years ago?