Is carbon dating truly accurate

Welcome to the K12 section of the Radiocarbon WEBinfo site.

The aim here is to provide clear, understandable information relating to radiocarbon dating for the benefit of K12 students, as well as lay people who are not requiring detailed information about the method of radiocarbon dating itself.

After another 5,730 years only half of those 50 (or 25 carbon-14 atoms would remain.) Think of the red ink molecules slowly disappearing at the same rate.

One day, about 5,000 years ago, most of the water suddenly drained from the pool.

Therefore, today the degree of pinkness in the bathtub’s water is not changing.

Recently, it was suggested that the dates offered by radiocarbon dating are increasingly being distorted by external factors.

They used pottery and other materials in sites to date 'relatively'.

They thought that sites which had the same kinds of pots and tools would be the same age.

Imagine a large swimming pool into which one drop of red ink falls each year.

The water dilutes the ink so much that even after a few thousand years very little pinkness can be seen in the pool.

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