Another word for carbon dating
This is by virtue of it is mentioned that it would take a half life (or 1.25 billion years) for K-40 to turn up to be argon-40 and yet in reality it would take an immediate effect for the transformation.
Even if one would suggest that 11 out of 1000 would turn up to be argon-40 and would take 1.25 billion years to process the balance of 989 (1000-11) atoms, how could the scientists account for 11 to be immediate and the balance of 989 atoms to 1.25 billion years not proportionally?
When the plant or animal dies no further isotope is absorbed and the beta radiation emission begins to gradually reduce to half strength, after the “half-life” of the isotope; 5,730 years in the case of C14.
Fortunately organic carbon is a constituent of all living material, and wood, bone, charcoal, peat, horn, and vegetable remains in soil can all be examined with sensitive Geiger counters, allowing for calculation of absolute age.
Aging anything on Earth in the hundreds of thousands of years, or in the millions or beyond, involves little more than educated conjecture. A Guess never rises above the level of being a guess, no matter how scientific, no matter how educated, no matter how much consensus it enjoys, no matter how well it "fits" any popular hypothesis.
Not to worry; this phase is converting them all, one by one.
(It wasn’t until 1885 that Carl Auer von Welsbach established that ‘didymium’ was actually composed of two distinct, new elements: neodymium and praseodymium.) The above extract mentions that didymium consists of neodymium and praseodymium and yet didymium was found in Samarium.
With the discovery, they conclude that Samarium could turn up to be Neodymium in 106 billion years.
This makes radiocarbon dating quite useful, up to a point.
Error factors, plus or minus, involve hundreds of years.