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The illustration below shows the three isotopes of carbon.

The earth’s atmosphere has six gas layers and is about 100 miles thick. Radiation from the sun and from stars goes right through that magnetic field and hits the atmosphere producing Carbon-14.

C-14 is unstable radioactive and always breaking apart.

They help to give evolution an appearance of legitimacy and are widely accepted as scientific fact. Its intention is to accurately date samples of unknown origin based on the ratio of Carbon-14 in the atmosphere compared to the levels in the plant or animal.

But are radiometric dating methods such as Carbon-14 reliable? Here’s a quick primer on the basics: Atoms are made up of much smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons.

Do they prove Evolution Theory and that the earth is billions of years old? Carbon-14 is a method of radiometric dating that was invented in 1947 by Dr. Protons and neutrons make up the center (nucleus) of the atom, and electrons form shells around the nucleus.

The number of protons in the nucleus of an atom determines the element.

For example, all carbon atoms have 6 protons, all atoms of nitrogen have 7 protons, and all oxygen atoms have 8 protons.

The number of neutrons in the nucleus can vary in any given type of atom.