Geologists, paleontologists and anthropologists use these techniques to establish the age of fossils.
By learning how relative and radiometric dating methods work, you can better understand how science uncovers the history of our world.
Many Christians have been led to distrust radiometric dating and are completely unaware of the great number of laboratory measurements that have shown these methods to be consistent.
Without relative and radiometric dating techniques, no one would know whether dinosaurs lived 5,000 or 150,000,000 years ago.
Radiocarbon dating is one such type of radiometric dating.
A process for determining the age of an object by measuring the amount of a given radioactive material it contains.
If one knows how much of this radioactive material was present initially in the object (by determining how much of the material has decayed), and one knows the half-life of the material, one can deduce the age of the object.
Despite seeming like a relatively stable place, the Earth's surface has changed dramatically over the past 4.6 billion years.