What are some of the limits of radiometric dating. I've been poking about on the internet again (as you do) and found a whole load of stuff by creationists about the problems with carbon 14 radiometric dating. The age we come up with is around 50 000 years old. The reason it isn't 1 million year old is because the half-life of 14-C is about 5 730 years, which means after about 50 000 years there is no more 14-C to measure, hence the limit of that dating technique is about 50 000 years.

What are the limits of radiometric dating? - Quora Specifically they report (with some glee) that coal has been found to contain measurable amounts of carbon14 which it should not of course because it is about 300 million years old and dates from the carboniferous period. The other limit is probabilistic. If you are dating with something that is 10 half lives old, the remaining original isotope is only there in a fractional amount of 1/2^10 = 0.00097 of the original. Hence numeric errors get multiplied. I looked it up, carbon dating with its half life of 5700 years is typically treated as good up to 50,000 years.

Radiometric Dating Methods, Uses & the Significance of. C14 has a half life of 5730 years and is only good to date objects to 50,000 years or so. Radiometric dating, or radioactive dating as it is sometimes called, is a method used to date rocks and other objects based on the known decay rate of radioactive isotopes.

How does radiometric dating work - Radiocarbon Although I can find any number of references to this seemingly vital finding on the creationist sites, I can find almost no attempt to refute or explain this anomaly on serious science sites. There seem to be some unsubstantiated references to the possibility of neutrons generated by uranium decay resulting in an anomalously high presence of C14. Radiometric dating involves quantifying the amount of carbon-14 present by measuring the emitted beta particles from its radioactive decay. Gas proportional counting involves converting samples to CO 2 gas followed by detection and counting of the beta particles.

Unreliability of Radiometric Dating and Old Age of the Earth Anyone have any ideas about this apparent anomaly with C14 in coal? How radiometric dating works in general Radioactive elements decay gradually into other elements. The original element is called the parent, and the result of the decay process is called the daughter element. Assuming we start out with pure parent, as time passes, more and more daughter will be produced.

How reliable is Radiometric dating? Are there limitations? Supposedly has an article on this very subject (per Google), but I haven't been able to get to talkorigins for some time. The small apparent non-zero values are less than measurement error. Begingroup$. The main thing is that it's consistent with other forms of dating. Radiometric dating, for instance, will say that deeper levels of sediment are older than shallower levels of sediment. It will give similar fossils similar ages, even when the fossils are widely separated.