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However, a small percentage of all C exists as the radioactive C14 isotope.
This isotope has a half life of around 500 years if my GCSE Physics memory bank serves me correctly!
As the radioactive isotope decreases the non radioactive element increases.
The less radioactive decay ammount there is the older it is.
Nucleus of the standard isotope of carbon atom has 6 protons and 6 neutrons (carbon 12). No, carbon dating is the amount of an isotope of carbon in a fossil, Carbon 14.
Other Isotopes of carbon atoms are also possible, such as C14, which has 8 neutrons, and decays by beta particle emission into nitrogen. C12 is the most abundant of all which is 99% of all the Carbon on earth while C14 is only 0.0000000001% (trace amount). The amount of Carbon 14 is predictable over a time line, and the area of the time line the amount of C14 that occurs in that fossil will be a fairly accurate indication of it's approzimate age.
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Form the time of death of the organism, the quantity of C14, as a proportion of the total carbon in the organism declines and, measuring that decrease allows the age (or time of death) of the organism to be determined. Carbon 14 dating is based on the absorption of atmospheric carbon by living things.Yes, measurements of the ratio of carbon-14 (radioactive) to carbon-12 (nonradioactive) in a sample is used as a type of clock to determine the age of the sample. Presumably, the organism is eating a constant proportion of C14 while it lives. Carbon for example has two stable isotopes (C12 and C13), and another half-dozen or so of short-lived ones.