A radiometric dating resource list

21-Nov-2019 01:06

Note that although carbon-14 dating receives a lot of attention, since it can give information about the relatively recent past, it is rarely used in geology (and almost never used to date fossils).

A proper radiometric date should read years before present (with 1950 being present) ± range/2 at x standard deviations (Xσ)', but is often reported as a single year or a year range, like 1260–1390 CE (the date for the Shroud of Turin).

It suffers from the problem that rubidium and strontium are very mobile and may easily enter rocks at a much later date to that of formation.