What is a relative dating technique
Many different organic (carbon containing) materials may be dated using the radiocarbon method.Wood, seeds, hair, bone, insect remains, peat, and charcoal are just a few of the materials that are radiocarbon dated.
These strata make up much of the famous prominent rock formations in widely spaced protected areas such as Capitol Reef National Park and Canyonlands National Park.
The amount of radioactive carbon (14C) that had been in the organism when it was alive begins to decrease at death as it loses nuclear particles through radioactive decay.
In effect, the "clock" starts ticking when death occurs. After 5,568 years, half of the original amount of 14C in the living organism remains.
Any observable tilting or swirling is due to disruption of the process. Material that intrudes or cuts into a horizontal bed is assumed to be younger than the material that is disrupted.
Consider a lake that dries out or somehow contains older sediments that are washed into it.