Carbon dating is used by archeologists to date trees, plants, and animal remains; as well as human artifacts made from wood and leather; because these items are generally younger than 50,000 years.This radioactive ), and are then absorbed by living organisms and oceans. In Antarctica, where organic remains are rare, this usually means dating microscopic marine organisms in glaciomarine muds that overly glacial tills and sediments on the continental shelf[2-4]. The physics of decay and origin of carbon 14 for the radiocarbon dating1: Formation of Carbon-14.2: Decay of Carbon-14.3: The “equal” equation is for living organisms, and the unequal one is for non-living ones, in which the C-14 then decays (hence the 2).From: Wikimedia Commons We can indirectly date glacial sediments by looking at the organic materials above and below glacial sediments. Marine geological constraints for the grounding-line position of the Antarctic Ice Sheet on the southern Weddell Sea shelf at the Last Glacial Maximum.Rates of radiocarbon production vary through time, in a quasi-periodic manner. It is therefore necessary to distinguish between radiocarbon years ( against a chronology of calendar years. Radiocarbon dating marine organisms has added complications in Antarctica, because around the Antarctic continent old deep ocean currents up well. These currents are contaminated with ‘old’ carbon, meaning that marine organisms alive today have a radio-carbon age of about 1200 years[5, 6]. Radiocarbon dating provides the age of organic remains that overly glacial sediments. It was one of the earliest techniques to be developed, during the 1940s.