Northern hemisphere atmospheric abundance of carbon-14 from 1959 to 2013


Mean and standard deviation (SD) of the Northern hemispheric atmospheric abundance of 14C ‰ from all referenced sources by year as conflated from multiple sources.




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Note: ‰ indicates abundance in parts per thousand.

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