Factors affecting the accuracy of the carbon-dating method in soil humus studies
Factors affecting the accuracy of the carbon-dating method of analysis have been discussed by several workers (1, 3, 13, 14). Since, however, these workers were interested primarily in archeological and geological applications of carbon-dating, they were most concerned with the absolute age of a sample. All "young" materials, for example fulvates, were therefore extracted and discarded before a sample was dated. In soil science it is not the absolute but the average age or mean residence time (m.r.t.) of the soil humus and soil humus components that is important. Thus the presence of younger ...
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This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Soil Science 104, no. 2 (August 1967): 81-85. Publisher version: http://journals.lww.com/soilsci/Citation/1967/08000/FACTOR_AFFECTING_THE_ACCURACY_OF_THE_CARBONDATING.2.aspx.