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Ecologist Ted Schuur describes how radiocarbon dating was used to track carbon within permafrost.

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Ecologist Ted Schuur from the University of Florida describes how his research team used radiocarbon dating, a technique typically used to determine the age of artifacts, to measure the movement of 'old' organic carbon within Alaskan permafrost. From 2004 to 2006, Schuur and his team used radiocarbon dating to track current metabolism of old carbon in an area where permafrost thaw is increasing.

Credit: University of Florida and National Science Foundation

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