filthy over fifty dating co - Use of carbon 14 in radiocarbon dating

Recall that atoms are the basic building blocks of matter.

Atoms are made up of much smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons.

There are two main applications for radiometric dating.

One is for potentially dating fossils (once-living things) using carbon-14 dating, and the other is for dating rocks and the age of the earth using uranium, potassium and other radioactive atoms.

Scientists use a technique called radiometric dating to estimate the ages of rocks, fossils, and the earth.