By measuring the remaining amount of carbon in a sample, scientists could estimate the time of death up to 60, years ago. But the method had one major flaw: In the new study using samples taken from Xingkai Lake near the Sino-Russian border in Heilongjiang province, the scientists used both radiocarbon dating and another method known as optically stimulated luminescence. Using light to measure the amount of free electrons trapped in quartz, the team was able to tell how long the samples had been kept away from sunlight, and therefore estimate when it was that they first fell in the lake.
By comparing results from the two methods, they found that carbon dating became unreliable beyond a range of 30, years. The great lakes are widely believed to have appeared in China due to the massive melting of ice sheets during an exceptionally warm period some 40, years ago, and sediment from Xingkai Lake served as key evidence. But the new study suggests that the sediment might be over 80, years old, possibly formed during an ice age.
Skip to main content. Many global warming studies may be wrong as carbon dating found to be highly unreliable for organic matter over 30, years old. Wednesday, 09 September, , 7: Thursday, 08 March, , 6: Before that, all traces of radiocarbon would be too small to detect.
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