What is radiometric dating used for?

Answer According to the U.S. Geological Survey, radiometric dating is used to date igneous, metamorphic and certain types of sedimentary rocks older than 50,000 years. This type of dating has determined t... Read More »

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How reliable is radiometric dating?

Radiometric dating techniques are generally more accurate and reliable than relative dating techniques. Radiometric dating techniques use advanced technology to measure the decay of specific radioa... Read More »

Who discovered radiometric dating?

In the late 19th century, scientists discovered radioactivity and radioactive decay. In 1905, notable geologist Ernest Rutherford suggested in a lecture that by examining isotope ratios, scientists... Read More »

How accurate is radiometric dating?

Radiometric dating provides a high degree of accuracy. With an optimal size sample, 1 g to 4 g of final carbon, the dating of artifacts less than 10,000 years old will deviate by plus or minus 40 t... Read More »

What is radiocarbon dating used for?

Radiocarbon dating is used to determine the approximate age of organic materials. Some organic materials that can be dated using radiocarbon dating include organic-bearing sediments, bone, antler, ... Read More »