Limitations of radiometric dating

Posted by / 27-Nov-2016 11:24

A small shift in a parameter can affect your final outcome.

So some analytical limitations can be the beam intensity, counting statistics, dead-time and so on.

Another limitation is the length of time a decay series can be used for.Another example, you may want to use (carbon-14) to date an old object.Lets say the object is a million years old (but as the scientist measuring this object we don't know that) and we go to measure it using the 14-C method.These are parameters you can control and will affect how accurate and precise your age-dating is.(Don't worry what those parameters mean, just understand they are machine-based).

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Natural limitations encompass those as a result of nature.

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