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Carbon-14 is radioactive, with a half-life of about 5,700 years.For more information on cosmic rays and half-life, as well as the process of radioactive decay, see How Nuclear Radiation Works.

Atoms of the same element that have different numbers of neutrons are called isotopes. Most carbon on Earth exists as the very stable isotope carbon-12, with a very small amount as carbon-13.

Here’s an example using the simplest atom, hydrogen. Carbon-14 is an unstable isotope of carbon that will eventually decay at a known rate to become carbon-12.

A photosynthesizing plant does not strongly discriminate between the most abundant natural carbon isotope ( The discovery of natural carbon-14 by American chemist Willard Libby of the United States began with his recognition that a process that had produced radiocarbon in the laboratory was also going on in Earth’s upper atmosphere—namely, the bombardment of nitrogen by free neutrons.

Newly created carbon-14 atoms were presumed to react with atmospheric oxygen to form carbon dioxide...

(Hedman 2007)Counting atoms is no easy task; this is evident by how new of a technology radiometric dating actually is.

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