Radioactive dating quiz
Radiocarbon or Carbon-14 dating is a technique used by scientist to date bones, wood, paper and cloth. It is produced in the Earth’s upper atmosphere when Nitrogen-14 is broken down to form the unstable Carbon-14 by the action of cosmic rays.The unstable Carbon-14 is transported down to the lower atmosphere by atmospheric activity such as storms.Scientists know the half-life of C-14 (5,730 years), so they can figure out how long ago the organism died.Carbon-14 dating can only be used to determine the age of something that was once alive.Plants absorb C-14 during photosynthesis, so C-14 is incorporated into the cellular structure of plants.
Since all living organisms on Earth are made up of organic molecules that contain Carbon atoms derived from the atmosphere, they therefore contain Carbon-14 atoms.
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Half of the remaining Carbon-14 then decays over the next 5730 years leaving one fourth of the original amount.
By measuring the ratio of Carbon-14 in a sample and comparing it to the amount in a recently deceased sample its date can be determined.