The displaced neutrons bond with nitrogen-14 (N-14) converting it into C-14.Because C-14 is radioactive, it is unstable, and is constantly decaying back into N-14.
How carbon-14 enters an organism Most C-14 will combine with oxygen to produce radioactive carbon dioxide (C-14 O-2).
Since plants breath carbon dioxide, they will intake some C-14 as well and make it part of their tissue.
Animals, in turn, eat plants or other animals that eat plants, receiving the C-14.
Misconception #2: Carbon dating can be used to date virtually anything Another misconception people have about carbon dating is that it can be used to date virtually anything.
Carbon dating can only be used to date objects that were once living or even apart of a living organism. It cannot be used to directly date inorganic objects, such as rocks (other radioactive dating methods are used to date radioactive rocks).
With this said, it would be worth while to check out this feedback session which does seem to suggest that there might have been an accelerated decay rate in the past, at least for the uranium-lead method.
“It is important to realize that an accurate radiometric date can be obtained only if the mineral remained a closed system during the entire period since its formation.
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.
Introduction Many people have been led to believe that carbon dating (along with other radioactive dating methods) proves the earth to be much older than 6,000 years old.
If the dates received from carbon dating are accurate, it would be a huge problem for those who believe in the Genesis account of creation.
A correct date is not possible unless there was neither the addition nor loss of parent or daughter isotopes.” This assumption is not one that I am willing to concede on.