What is carbon 14 dating used for sex city dating
carbon 14 ----------------------------------- No, NOT Carbon 14, Carbon 14 dating CAN ONLY BE USED is living (or once living) things.The Atoms used for radiometric dating of NON LIVING things are: Potassium/Argon Uranium/Lead Carbon 14 dating is the best known example of radiometric dating, but there are many others.
Carbon dating uses the carbon-14 isotope, with a half life of about 5700 years.All living things have carbon in them; but a small amount of that carbon is radioactive. The law of conservation and mass states that matter can not be destroyed nor created.So that is why carbon-14 is used for radioactive dating. It decays to Nitrogen 14 and has a half life of 5,730 years.Another example of radiometric dating is the dating of the age of geological formations on earth.
The oldest known rocks on the earth that have been analyzed, have been dated back some 4.404 billion years.On death this equilibrium is broken and the remaining carbon-14 slowly decays away without anymore replacing it from the environment. Carbon 14 percentages is what is used in radiometric dating (carbon dating) to give some idea how old a specimen might be.