Note that, contrary to a popular misconception, carbon dating is not used to date rocks at millions of years old.
Before we get into the details of how radiometric dating methods are used, we need to review some preliminary concepts from chemistry.
A child mummy is found high in the Andes and the archaeologist says the child lived more than 2,000 years ago.
Scientists use a technique called radiometric dating to estimate the ages of rocks, fossils, and the earth.
Many people have been led to believe that radiometric dating methods have proved the earth to be billions of years old.
Love-hungry teenagers and archaeologists agree: dating is hard.
But while the difficulties of single life may be intractable, the challenge of determining the age of prehistoric artifacts and fossils is greatly aided by measuring certain radioactive isotopes.
The approach was a sensation when it was introduced.
The chemist who developed carbon dating, Willard Libby, won the Nobel Prize for his work.This has caused many in the church to reevaluate the biblical creation account, specifically the meaning of the word “day” in Genesis 1.With our focus on one particular form of radiometric dating—carbon dating—we will see that carbon dating strongly supports a young earth.Carbon-14 dating is a way of determining the age of certain archeological artifacts of a biological origin up to about 50,000 years old.It is used in dating things such as bone, cloth, wood and plant fibers that were created in the relatively recent past by human activities.Recall that atoms are the basic building blocks of matter.