Contrast relative dating and radiometric dating
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In palaeontology and archaeology, it becomes necessary to determine the age of an artifact or fossil when it is uncovered.
Radiocarbon dating is done in labs with equipment specific to carbon 14 analysis.
Most radiocarbon dating labs have liquid scintillation counters for radiometric dating and accelerator mass spectrometers for AMS dating.
Carbon dating actually contributes very little to the available evidence for evolutionary theory.
"Radiometric dating - the process of determining the age of rocks from the decay of their radioactive elements" Wiens, RC 2002, Radiometric Dating A Christian Perspective, 'Science in Christian Perspective', The American Science Affiliation, viewed 8 September 2009, - Potassium-Argon method – Potassium-40 decays to argon and calcium.
- Uranium-Lead method - Rubidium-Strontium method - Carbon-14 method – also known as carbon dating.
Carbon 14 dating is the best known example of radiometric dating, but there are many others.
Another example of radiometric dating is the dating of the age of geological formations on earth.