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Half life of carbon dating

The presence of carbon-14 in the isotopic signature of a sample of carbonaceous material possibly indicates its contamination by biogenic sources or the decay of radioactive material in surrounding geologic strata.

Carbon dioxide also dissolves in water and thus permeates the oceans, but at a slower rate.

has been estimated to be roughly 12 to 16 years in the northern hemisphere.

The fraction of the radiation transmitted through the dead skin layer is estimated to be 0.11.

The different isotopes of carbon do not differ appreciably in their chemical properties.

The rates of disintegration of potassium-40 and carbon-14 in the normal adult body are comparable (a few thousand disintegrated nuclei per second).

This is small compared to the doses from potassium-40 (0.39 m Sv/year) and radon (variable).

Production rates vary because of changes to the cosmic ray flux caused by the heliospheric modulation (solar wind and solar magnetic field), and due to variations in the Earth's magnetic field.