Compare and contrast relative dating and absolute dating

30-Sep-2017 18:09

As the parent decays to daughter, the ratios change and the straight line remains but becomes angled.

The slope of the line equals the number of half-lives the parent isotope has passed since solidification.

The usual isotope of carbon found in living organisms, ¹²C, is stable, while ¹⁴C is not stable.

It is formed when cosmic radiation strikes ¹⁴N (Nitrogen), converting it into ¹⁴C, and it decays back into ¹⁴N, with a half-life of 5730 years.

Uniformitarian geologists consider this form of dating strong evidence that the Earth is billions of years old.

However, research by creationists has revealed a large number of problems with radiometric dating.

Radioactive decay is a spontaneous process in which an isotope (the parent) loses particles from its nucleus to form an isotope of a new element (the daughter).

The rate of decay is conveniently expressed in terms of an isotope's half-life, or the time it takes for one-half of a particular radioactive isotope in a sample to decay.

Carbon-14 dating is a radiometric dating technique used to deduce the approximate age of organic remains by measuring the quantity of the isotope ¹⁴C in the sample and comparing it with the current atmospheric level.Age of deposition should not be confused with the date of material enclosed in deposit.