Carbon dating explained for kids


Carbon is also found in many compounds including carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere and dissolved in the oceans and other major bodies of water. It is used for fuel in the form of coal, methane gas, and crude oil (which is used to make gasoline).

This helped work out the history of people who lived before writing was common, and we had books and records we could read that taught us about them.Carbon is the fourth most abundant element in the universe by mass and the second most abundant element in the human body.Carbon is constantly cycled through the Earth's oceans, plant life, animal life, and atmosphere. Characteristics and Properties Carbon is found on Earth in the form of three different allotropes including amorphous, graphite, and diamond.All living things have the same percentage of carbon-14 in them, but when they die the level starts going down.Scientists can measure the level of something which used to be alive and work out when it died.They could now tell the age of the skeletons to within 50 years even when they were over 8000 years old!

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