Type radiation used carbon dating
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Recall that atoms are the basic building blocks of matter.
These cosmic rays collide with atoms in the atmosphere and can cause them to come apart.
So, a carbon atom might have six neutrons, or seven, or possibly eight—but it would always have six protons.
An “isotope” is any of several different forms of an element, each having different numbers of neutrons.
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The illustration below shows the three isotopes of carbon.