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How It Works: Carbon has 3 isotopic forms: Carbon-12, Carbon-13, and Carbon-14.The numbers refer to the atomic weight, so Carbon-12 has 6 protons and 6 neutrons, Carbon-13 has 6 protons and 7 neutrons, and Carbon-14 has 6 protons and 8 neutrons.

The Muslims count the Prophet’s departure from Mecca, or the Hegira, as their beginning at AD 662.The extra neutrons in Carbon-14’s case make it radioactive (thus the term, radiocarbon).Radiocarbon is produced in the upper atmosphere after Nitrogen-14 isotopes have been impacted by cosmic radiation.Therefore, radiocarbon dates need to be calibrated with other dating techniques to ensure accuracy.Plants are not the only organism that can process Carbon-14 from the air.

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In fact, levels of Carbon-14 have varied in the atmosphere through time.