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Author Marra, John F., author
Title Hot carbon : carbon-14 and a revolution in science / John F. Marra
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
book jacket
 Earth Science Library  QD181.C1 M358 2019    DUE 10-29-21    30310100115879
Descript xii, 264 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Prologue: Aboard the Research Vessel Endeavor, South of Iceland, May 1991 -- 1. Discovery -- 2. Discovery's Wake -- 3. The "Invisible Phenomenon" -- 4. Dating -- 5. Photosynthesis -- 6. Calvin's Cycle -- 7. Scintillations and Accelerations -- 8. The Shroud of Turin and Other Relics -- 9. Ocean Circulation -- 10. Carbon-14 in the Ocean -- 11. Ocean Fertility -- 12. Resolution: Plankton Rate Processes in Oligotrophic Oceans -- 13. Carbon-14 and Climate -- Epilogue -- Appendix 1. List of Nobel Prize Winners Mentioned -- Appendix 2. The Periodic Table of Elements -- Notes
There are few fields of science that carbon-14 has not touched. A radioactive isotope of carbon, it stands out for its unusually long half-life. Best known for its application to estimating the age of artifacts--carbon dating--carbon-14 helped reveal new chronologies of human civilization and geological time. Everything containing carbon, the basis of all life, could be placed in time according to the clock of radioactive decay, with research applications ranging from archeology to oceanography to climatology. In Hot Carbon, John F. Marra tells the untold story of this scientific revolution. He weaves together the workings of the many disciplines that employ carbon-14 with gripping tales of the individuals who pioneered its possibilities. He describes the concrete applications of carbon-14 to the study of all the stuff of life on earth, from climate science's understanding of change over time to his own work on oceanic photosynthesis with microscopic phytoplankton. Marra's engaging narrative encompasses nuclear testing, the peopling of the Americas, elephant poaching, and the flax plants used for the linen in the Shroud of Turin. Combining colorful narrative prose with accessible explanations of fundamental science, Hot Carbon is a thought-provoking exploration of how the power of carbon-14 informs our relationship to the past
Link Electronic version: Marra, John F. Hot carbon. New York : Columbia University Press, [2019] 9780231546782 (OCoLC)1101186754
Subject Carbon -- Isotopes
Radiocarbon dating
Radioactive dating
Carbon -- Isotopes. fast (OCoLC)fst00846780
Radioactive dating. fast (OCoLC)fst01087651
Radiocarbon dating. fast (OCoLC)fst01088048
30.01 history of the exact sciences. (NL-LeOCL)077601750 bcl
Alt Title Carbon-14 and a revolution in science
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