Latitudinal Effect in the Transfer of Radiocarbon from Stratosphere to Troposphere

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Science  17 Feb 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3451, pp. 461-462
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3451.461


Latitudinal variations in the descent of bomb-produced radiocarbon from the stratosphere is suggested by differences in tropospheric carbon-14 activity. The magnitude of a similar latitudinal effect in the pre-bomb steady state is estimated. This effect may be part of the explanation of the short-term oscillations in carbon-14 activity found in treerings from the last 1300 years.