We can see exponential decay in other areas as well.

Letâ€™s say that I can make a dozen cookies in 2 hours.

This half life is a relatively small number, which means that carbon 14 dating is not particularly helpful for very recent deaths and deaths more than 50,000 years ago.

After 5,730 years, the amount of carbon 14 left in the body is half of the original amount.

At any particular time all living organisms have approximately the same ratio of carbon 12 to carbon 14 in their tissues.

When an organism dies it ceases to replenish carbon in its tissues and the decay of carbon 14 to nitrogen 14 changes the ratio of carbon 12 to carbon 14.

So, the fossil is 8,680 years old, meaning the living organism died 8,680 years ago.Since the half-life of Plutonium 239 is so high (even in comparison to the carbon 14 half-life of 5,730 years) humans must be very cautious of the way they dispose of plutonium.Scientists are looking for safe ways for disposing plutonium.Experts can compare the ratio of carbon 12 to carbon 14 in dead material to the ratio when the organism was alive to estimate the date of its death.Radiocarbon dating can be used on samples of bone, cloth, wood and plant fibers.Scientists use a technique called radiometric dating to estimate the ages of rocks, fossils, and the earth.

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