What is carbon dating used for

They have the same ratio of carbon-14 to carbon-12 as the atmosphere, and this same ratio is then carried up the food chain all the way to apex predators, like sharks.

Radiocarbon decays slowly in a living organism, and the amount lost is continually replenished as long as the organism takes in air or food.

Once an organism dies, it stops taking in carbon-14.

The carbon-14 it contained at the time of death decays over a long period of time, and the radioactivity of the material decreases.

Because the cosmic ray bombardment is fairly constant, there’s a near-constant level of carbon-14 to carbon-12 ratio in Earth’s atmosphere.

The results showed that Ötzi died over 5000 years ago, sometime between 33 BC. It is found in the air in carbon dioxide molecules.

Radiocarbon dating works by comparing the three different isotopes of carbon.

Isotopes of a particular element have the same number of protons in their nucleus, but different numbers of neutrons.

Today, the radiocarbon-14 dating method is used extensively in environmental sciences and in human sciences such as archaeology and anthropology.

It also has some applications in geology; its importance in dating organic materials cannot be underestimated enough.

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