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and is now the principal source of information about the absolute age of rocks and other geological features, including the age of fossilized life forms or the age of the Earth itself, and can also be used to date a wide range of natural and man-made materials.
Together with stratigraphic principles, radiometric dating methods are used in geochronology to establish the geological time scale.
Radiometric dating is also used to date archaeological materials, including ancient artifacts.
So let’s take a closer look at these methods and see how reliable they really are.The nucleus contains protons (tiny particles each with a single positive electric charge) and neutrons (particles without any electric charge).Orbiting around the nucleus are electrons (tiny particles each with a single electric charge).Each chemical element, such as carbon and oxygen, consists of atoms unique to it.Each atom is understood to be made up of three basic parts.