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Definition:
Radiocarbon refers to radioactive carbon especially carbon-14, but also
carbon-10 and carbon-12. Carbon-14 is a heavy radioactive isotope of Carbon
having a mass of 14 and a half-life of 5730 +/-40 years. Carbon-14 is useful in
dating organic materials during the last 50,000 years.


Reference:
Jackson, J.A., ed. 1997. Glossary of Geology, 4th edition. American Geological
Institute.