Re: Radiometric Dating Techniques

Steven Schimmrich (
Tue, 10 Feb 1998 15:24:38 -0500

At 10:48 AM 2/10/98 -0700, Burgy wrote:
>Chuck wrote:
>>"If you find an old piece of wood, and it only contains half as much C-14
>>as it did when the tree was alive, the tree was chopped down 5730 years
>>ago.. ."
>Chuck -- what answer is made when someone, having been told the above,
>objects that nobody knows how much C-14 the tree had 5730 years ago, that
>C-14 levels may have been different then?

The C-14 dates are calibrated by tree ring dating (dendochronology). There's
a lot of information at

- Steve.

   Steven H. Schimmrich              Assistant Professor of Geology

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