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These cosmic rays collide with atoms in the atmosphere and can cause them to come apart.
Neutrons that come from these fragmented atoms collide with C to be useful in age estimates.
One is for potentially dating fossils (once-living things) using carbon-14 dating, and the other is for dating rocks and the age of the earth using uranium, potassium and other radioactive atoms.
The illustration below shows the three isotopes of carbon.
Many people have been led to believe that radiometric dating methods have proved the earth to be billions of years old.
This has caused many in the church to reevaluate the biblical creation account, specifically the meaning of the word “day” in Genesis 1.
If this claim is true, the biblical account of a young earth (about 6,000 years) is in question, since C dates of tens of thousands of years are common.1 When a scientist’s interpretation of data does not match the clear meaning of the text in the Bible, we should never reinterpret the Bible.
God knows just what He meant to say, and His understanding of science is infallible, whereas ours is fallible.
Atoms are made up of much smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons.