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Next comes the question of how scientists use this knowledge to date things.
If carbon-14 has formed at a constant rate for a very long time and continually mixed into the biosphere, then the level of carbon-14 in the atmosphere should remain constant.
But there is no way of independently calibrating the radioactive clocks in rocks because no observers were present when the rocks formed and the clocks started. And because the half-life of carbon-14 is just 5,730 years, radiocarbon dating of materials containing carbon yields dates of only thousands of years, not the dates over millions of years that conflict with the framework of earth history provided by the Bible, God’s eyewitness account of history.
So one would think that since the radiocarbon dating method works on organic (once-living) materials, then radiocarbon could be used to date fossils.
(This 5,730 year period is called the half-life of radiocarbon, figure 5).6 At this decay rate, hardly any carbon-14 atoms will remain after only 57,300 years (or ten half-lives). The decay of radiocarbon follows the exponential decay law, whereby the percentage decrease in the number of parent atoms per unit time is constant.
After each half-life of 5,730 years, the number of parent radiocarbon atoms remaining is halved.
Knowing the number of atoms that decayed in our sample over a month, we can calculate the radiocarbon decay rate.
Radiocarbon then enters animals as they consume the plants (figure 2).It’s assumed to be the same number of carbon-14 atoms as in elephants living today.With time, those sand grains fell to the bottom bowl, so the new number represents the carbon-14 atoms left in the mammoth skull when we found it.Radiocarbon (carbon-14 or C) forms continually today in the earth’s upper atmosphere.
And as far as we know, it has been forming in the earth’s upper atmosphere at least since the Fall, after the atmosphere was made back on Day Two of creation week (part of the expanse, or firmament, described in Genesis 1:6–8). Cosmic rays from outer space are continually bombarding the upper atmosphere of the earth, producing fast-moving neutrons (sub-atomic particles carrying no electric charge) (figure 1).1 These fast-moving neutrons collide with nitrogen-14 atoms, the most abundant element in the upper atmosphere, converting them into radiocarbon (carbon-14) atoms.
The most well-known of all the radiometric dating methods is radiocarbon dating.