Is carbon dating really accurate
For this reason, I will have to bite the bullet and accept that it is reasonable to assume the decay rate is constant (even though I give this assumption, this doesn’t mean the decay rate is constant.
Rather I am conceding due to no current evidence for the contrary).
Since plants breath carbon dioxide, they will intake some C-14 as well and make it part of their tissue.
Animals, in turn, eat plants or other animals that eat plants, receiving the C-14.
In fact, if an object contains (radioactive) carbon, this should be a clue that the object may not be any older than 50,000 years.But, as C-14 continuously decays, it is also continuously being replaced by new C-14 being formed.How carbon-14 enters an organism Most C-14 will combine with oxygen to produce radioactive carbon dioxide (C-14 O-2).The displaced neutrons bond with nitrogen-14 (N-14) converting it into C-14.Because C-14 is radioactive, it is unstable, and is constantly decaying back into N-14.Misconception #2: Carbon dating can be used to date virtually anything Another misconception people have about carbon dating is that it can be used to date virtually anything.Carbon dating can only be used to date objects that were once living or even apart of a living organism. It cannot be used to directly date inorganic objects, such as rocks (other radioactive dating methods are used to date radioactive rocks).Since C-14 is so well distributed in the atmosphere, it is assumed the same ratio that is in the atmosphere will also be in an organism.How carbon dating is supposed to work Once an organism dies, its C-14 decay is no longer being replaced by intake.Introduction Many people have been led to believe that carbon dating (along with other radioactive dating methods) proves the earth to be much older than 6,000 years old.If the dates received from carbon dating are accurate, it would be a huge problem for those who believe in the Genesis account of creation.