While this doesn’t render the dating method useless, it does bring its overall accuracy into question.
How radioactive carbon is formed Normal carbon atoms weigh 12 atomic mass units, while a radioactive form of carbon weighs 14 atomic mass units, which is called carbon-14 (C-14). It is estimated that only one out of every trillion carbon atoms is C-14.
Therefore, all the C-14 remaining in the organism will eventually decay and disappear.
If one can measure the rate in which it decays, and the amount the organism started off with, then one might be able to figure out when the organism, such as a frog, croaked.
Since plants breath carbon dioxide, they will intake some C-14 as well and make it part of their tissue.
These cosmic rays shatter the nuclei in gas atoms in the upper atmosphere releasing neutrons.
However, when one starts with the Bible and interprets the information received from carbon dating accordingly, one will soon learn that in no way does carbon dating disprove the young earth.
Misconception # 1: Carbon dating can be used to date objects that are millions or even billions of years old Carbon dating is one of the most popular radioactive dating methods used today.
Even humans contain C-14 because, of course, we also eat either animals or plants (I don’t know what else there is to eat).
Throughout an organism’s life, it is constantly balancing its C-14 decay with intake so that it will always contain C-14.