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Hereafter these isotopes will be referred to as 12C, 13C, and 14C.14C is radioactive and has a half-life of 5730 years.An age offset between surface ocean and terrestrial samples is known as the marine reservoir age (R), which is ~400 yr on average (Fig. To calibrate a radiocarbon date for a surface ocean sample, one can use Int Cal04 curve with a known value of R.Alternatively, one can use the current internationally-ratified marine calibration curve Marine04 (Fig.During this time the C level intermediate between these two reservoirs.Marine samples living in the surface ocean (e.g., shells, corals and planktonic foraminifera), therefore appear older than contemporaneous terrestrial samples.Nuclear bomb blasts produced intense fluxes of thermal neutrons, which in turn interacted with atmospheric C with a resolution of one to a few years.
The current internationally-ratified calibration curve for terrestrial samples (e.g., woods, charcoals and macro-fossils) from the Northern Hemisphere is Int Cal04, which covers the past 26,000 calendar years (cal yr) (Fig. This curve is based on dendrochronologically-dated tree rings for the period 0-12,400 cal yr before present (BP, with 0 BP being AD 1950).The half-life is the time taken for an amount of a radioactive isotope to decay to half its original value.Because this decay is constant it can be used as a “clock” to measure elapsed time assuming the starting amount is known.When a plant or animal dies it no longer exchanges CO with the atmosphere (ceases to take 14C into its being). 14C decays by emitting an electron, which converts a neutron to a proton, converting it back to its original 14N form.The History of Radiocarbon Dating Willard Libby invented radiocarbon dating in the late 1940s.
14C enters the dissolved inorganic carbon pool in the oceans, lakes and rivers.