Role of radioactive elements in dating events and artifacts


06-Mar-2017 18:07

Atomic bomb detonations since 1950 have boosted the amount of C-14 in the atmosphere and, as a result of this, a method has been devised to date recent samples.C-14 is formed in the upper atmosphere by nuclear reactions initiated by neutrons in cosmic radiation ( and convert it to organic compounds, and in this way, C-14 becomes incorporated into living tissue.

Liquid scintillation spectrometry involves converting all of the carbon in the sample to a liquid called benzene.

When the plant dies, C-14 will no longer be taken up.