What does radiocarbon dating mean in science - RADIOCARBON SAMPLE DATA SHEET


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MYTH #3. The shells of live freshwater clams have been radiocarbon dated in excess of 1600 years old, clearly showing that the radiocarbon dating technique is not valid.

Carbon-14 decays with a halflife of about 5730 years by the emission of an electron of energy MeV. This changes the atomic number of the nucleus to 7, producing a nucleus of nitrogen-14. At equilibrium with the atmosphere, a gram of carbon shows an activity of about 15 decays per minute.


What does radiocarbon dating mean in science

What does radiocarbon dating mean in science