Subtle 14C Signals: The Influence of Atmospheric Mixing, Growing Season and In-Situ Production
AuthorGrootes, Pieter M.
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CitationGrootes, P. M. (1992). Subtle 14C signals: The influence of atmospheric mixing, growing season and in-situ production. Radiocarbon, 34(2), 219-225.
AbstractAtmospheric 14C concentrations vary with time and latitude. These variations, measured directly on atmospheric samples, or in independently-dated organic material such as tree rings, supply data essential for the calibration of dynamic models of the global carbon cycle. Short variations in the production rate of atmospheric 14C are strongly attenuated in the relatively large atmospheric CO2 reservoir. In-situ production of 14C should be negligible for ages up to 80 ka bp. Background problems in AMS dating are more likely attributable to contamination of very small samples.