Carbon 14 dating on

As soon as it dies, however, the C ration gets smaller.

has upset the natural carbon balance by releasing huge quantities of C ratio was like before the industrial revolution, and all radiocarbon dating is made with this in mind.

How do we know what the ratio was before then, though, say thousands of years ago?

It is assumed that the ratio has been constant for a very long time before the industrial revolution. (For on it hangs the whole validity of the system.) Why did W. Libby, the brilliant discoverer of this system, assume this?

magazine has been continuously published since 1978, we are publishing some of the articles from the archives for historical interest, such as this.

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An attempt to explain this very important method of dating and the way in which, when fully understood, it supports a ‘short’ timescale.

In fact, the whole method is a giant ‘clock’ which seems to put a very young upper limit on the age of the atmosphere.

The article is in straightforward language and the non-technical reader could profitably work through it.

, we find that this ration is the same if we sample a leaf from a tree, or a part of your body.

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