How accurate are carbon 14 and other radioactive dating methods

16-Nov-2019 13:52

His geological cross-section may look something like Figure 2.Clearly, Sedimentary Rocks A were deposited and deformed before the Volcanic Dyke intruded them.These were then eroded and Sedimentary Rocks B were deposited.Scientists use a technique called radiometric dating to estimate the ages of rocks, fossils, and the earth.Can carbon-14 dating help solve the mystery of which worldview is more accurate?Radiocarbon dating can easily establish that humans have been on the earth for ...

by Tas Walker A geologist works out the relative age of a rock by carefully studying where the rock is found in the field.

The field relationships, as they are called, are of primary importance and all radiometric dates are evaluated against them.

For example, a geologist may examine a cutting where the rocks appear as shown in Figure 1.

Atoms are made up of much smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons.

Protons and neutrons make up the center (nucleus) of the atom, and electrons form shells around the nucleus.

by Tas Walker A geologist works out the relative age of a rock by carefully studying where the rock is found in the field.

The field relationships, as they are called, are of primary importance and all radiometric dates are evaluated against them.

For example, a geologist may examine a cutting where the rocks appear as shown in Figure 1.

Atoms are made up of much smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons.

Protons and neutrons make up the center (nucleus) of the atom, and electrons form shells around the nucleus.

By looking at other outcrops in the area, our geologist is able to draw a geological map which records how the rocks are related to each other in the field.