And we'll show a neutron with a lowercase n, and a 1 for its mass number. When people talk about carbon fixation, they're really talking about using mainly light energy from the sun to take gaseous carbon and turn it into actual kind of organic tissue. So carbon is the most common. Radiocarbon dates can also be used in geology, sedimentology, and lake studies, for example. The stable isotopes are carbon 12 and carbon
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How Does Radiocarbon-14 Dating Work?