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These newly formed 14C atoms rapidly oxidize to form 14CO..

Photosynthesis incorporates 14C into plants and therefore animals that eat the plants.

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Carbon-12 accounts for ~99.8 % of all carbon atoms, carbon-13 accounts for ~1% of carbon atoms while ~1 in every 1 billion carbon atoms is carbon-14.

A unique characteristic of 14C is that it is constantly formed in the atmosphere.

Production and decay 14C atoms are produced in the upper atmosphere where neutrons from cosmic rays knock a proton from nitrogen-14 atoms.

produced is measured inside cylindrical gas proportional counters.

The laboratory possesses 8 such counters, four with a capacity of 4 litres and four with 3 litres.