Dictionary definition radiocarbon dating
A very small percentage of carbon, however, consists of the isotope carbon 14, or , which is unstable.Carbon 14 has a half-life of 5,780 years, and is continuously created in Earth's atmosphere through the interaction of nitrogen and gamma rays from outer space.
The procedure of radiocarbon dating can be used for remains that are up to 50,000 years old.16 feet under: finding a matched set of whitetail sheds can be tough enough when they're lying on top of the ground.
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A technique for measuring the age of organic remains based on the rate of decay of carbon 14.