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Many people have been led to believe that radiometric dating methods have proved the earth to be billions of years old.After the plants die or are consumed by other organisms the 14C fraction declines at a fixed exponential rate due to the radioactive decay of 14C.Comparing the remaining 14C fraction of a sample to that expected from atmospheric 14C allows the age of the sample to be estimated.Aside from radiocarbon dating, ISO/IEC 17005-accredited Beta Analytic also provides biobased/renewable carbon content testing to manufacturers, product distributors, and researchers worldwide for biobased products, biofuels, waste-derived fuels and their combustion emissions (CO2 gas).
The lab also uses Carbon-14 analysis for natural product source testing on materials such as flavors, fragrances, essential oils, cosmetics and supplements to identify petrochemicals.Recall that atoms are the basic building blocks of matter.