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The mineral incorporates uranium and thorium atoms into its crystal structure, but strongly rejects lead.
Therefore, one can assume that the entire lead content of the zircon is radiogenic, i.e.
The amount of carbon-14 in the atmosphere has not changed in thousands of years.
Even though it decays into nitrogen, new carbon-14 is always being formed when cosmic rays hit atoms high in the atmosphere.
Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and animals eat plants.