Radio-Carbon Dating is Losing Its Accuracy Due To….

Previously Fossil Fuel Emissions have been resulting in global warming, air quality deterioration, oil spills, and acid rain and now a new study suggests, fossil fuel emissions might cause tribulation in regards to radiocarbon dating, which is a vital research technique utilized by a number of scientists and other industries.

Scientists raise concern that by 2100, if fossil fuel emissions relentlessly increase at the momentum they have been, the carbon variance between old and new things will be negligible as a precise method of dating.

By then, for instance, a T-Shirt will have similar radiocarbon age as a skull from a stone age man. The consequences of losing this technique may influence various different fields, from , archaeologists unveiling the ages of pre-historic humans, to paleontologists dating dinosaur bone, to law enforcement agencies ascertaining  human relics, etc.

Carbon-14 is an unusual, but naturally occuring, radioactive form of carbon that fragments over long period of time, more than thousands of years. The process of Radiocarbon dating is, that it is quantified how much proportion of carbon-14 against non-radioactive carbon in an object has varied and consequently how much longer the object has been around. The scarce the carbon-14, the older the sample.

Despite the fact, the study expresses that the technique is risky, researchers believe that decreasing fossil fuel emission levels is still considered an alternative. So, whether we increase or decrease our use of fossil fuels determines if we will be able to conserve the well founded and practical research techniques in science, and continue utilizing radiocarbon dating for a longer period.

Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 💨


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