C13 carbon dating

These atoms rapidly decay into radiocarbon-dioxide and along with ordinary CO2 are absorbed by living plants.As plants enter the human and animal food chains the C14 dioxide enters their living tissue.My hope with this posting is that I can try and make a complex topic a little more simple to understand and point out some “faith” given to this process by some in the scientifc community.

In the same year, Kurie (Yale) exposed nitrogen to fast neutrons and observed long tracks in a bubble chamber. The mean life time of roughly 8000 years is ideal for dating of reservoirs that are a few decades to a few ten thousand yeas old.For groundwater, this means that C is a widely used tool to establish chronologies for groundwater flow systems and climate records for the Holocene and Pleistocene.It is considered to be the most important tool for age dating of ‘old’ groundwater.In fact I knew nothing about radiometric dating and I must admit that learning about it seemed a bit intimidating.I am also sure that this intimidation is what leads most people to just accept this type scientific statements as fact instead of taking a critical look at the process.For me it doesn’t cause doubts because there are other reasonable arguments for god’s existence, like the evidence of objective moral truth or the evidence for intelligent design.


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