To be useful, radioisotopes with very short half-lives, such as those measured in seconds, hours, or days, are produced in nuclear reactors or cyclotrons close to the where they will be used. These radioisotopes are particularly useful in medical applications.
A short half-life, such as a few hours, means that the radiation is reduced to harmless levels quickly.
This man-made fluctuation wasn't a natural occurrence, but it demonstrates the fact that fluctuation is possible and that a period of natural upheaval upon the earth could greatly affect the ratio.
Volcanoes spew out CO which could just as effectively decrease the ratio.
For example, "One part of Dima [a famous baby mammoth discovered in 1977] was 40,000 RCY [Radiocarbon Years], another was 26,000 RCY, and 'wood found immediately around the carcass' was 9,000-10,000 RCY." (Walt Brown, In the Beginning, 2001, p. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
the elements beyond bismuth (Bi) in the Periodic Table of the Elements display radioactivity.
The period of time that it takes for half of a sample to decay is called a "half-life." Radiocarbon oxidizes (that is, it combines with oxygen) and enters the biosphere through natural processes like breathing and eating.A longer half-life, such as hundreds or thousands of years, means that the radioisotope continues to emit harmful radiation for a very long period of time.The table below gives the emitted radiation, half-life, and uses for a selection of useful isotopes in order of decreasing half-life.And yet we know that "radiocarbon is forming 28-37% faster than it is decaying," which means it hasn't yet reached equilibrium, which means the ratio is higher today than it was in the unobservable past.We also know that the ratio decreased during the industrial revolution due to the dramatic increase of CO produced by factories.