Ironically, despite its popularity, it is also one of the most misunderstood methods of dating.Many people mistakenly believe carbon dating can be used to date objects that are millions or even billions of years old.Others had tried to find an answer in geological processes—e.g.
This discovery meant that there are three naturally occurring isotopes of carbon: Whereas carbon-12 and carbon-13 are stable isotopes, carbon-14 is unstable or radioactive.
Carbon-14 is produced in the upper atmosphere when cosmic rays bombard nitrogen atoms.
With the release of key peer-reviewed papers at the 2003 ICC (International Conference on Creationism), it is clear that RATE has made some fantastic progress, with real breakthroughs in this area.
When physicist Dr Russell Humphreys was still at Sandia National Laboratories (he now works full-time for ICR), he and Dr John Baumgardner (still with Los Alamos National Laboratory) were both convinced that they knew the direction in which to look for a definitive answer to the puzzle of why radiometric dating consistently gives ages of millions and billions of years.
The fact is, carbon dating can only be used to date things up to approximately 50,000 years old.