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The radiocarbon dating method is based on the fact that radiocarbon is constantly being created in the atmosphere by the interaction of cosmic rays with atmospheric nitrogen.
The resulting radiocarbon combines with atmospheric oxygen to form radioactive carbon dioxide, which is incorporated into plants by photosynthesis; animals then acquire in a sample from a dead plant or animal such as a piece of wood or a fragment of bone provides information that can be used to calculate when the animal or plant died.
Carbon occurs extensively in all living organisms as proteins, fats, carbohydrates (sugars and starches), and nucleic acids.
Humans have been aware of carbon since the earliest of times. The black color of smoke is caused by unburned specks of carbon.
Diamond requires very high pressure to form—pressure found naturally on earth only deep below the surface.
) is only 5,730 years—that is, every 5,730 years, half of it decays away.
After two half lives, a quarter is left; after three half lives, only an eighth; after 10 half lives, less than a thousandth is left.
Carbon also occurs in a form, discovered only recently, known as fullerenes or buckyballs.
Buckyball carbon holds the promise for opening a whole new field of chemistry (see accompanying sidebar).