Australian marine reservoir effects: A guide to ΔR values

Ulm, Sean (2006) Australian marine reservoir effects: A guide to ΔR values. Australian Archaeology, 2006 63: 57-60.

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Author Ulm, Sean
Title Australian marine reservoir effects: A guide to ΔR values
Journal name Australian Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-2417
Publication date 2006-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2006
Issue 63
Start page 57
End page 60
Total pages 4
Editor Sean Ulm
Annie Ross
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject 260301 Geochronology and Isotope Geochemistry
430207 Archaeological Science
260402 Chemical Oceanography
750901 Understanding Australia's past
Abstract Radiocarbon ages obtained on contemporaneous terrestrial and marine samples are not directly comparable. Samples grown in marine environments exhibit older apparent radiocarbon ages caused by the uptake of carbon which has already undergone radioactive decay through long residence times in the deep ocean. Variation in 14C activity in marine environments, although related to changes in atmospheric activity, depends greatly on local and regional factors, such as hinterland geology, tidal flushing and terrestrial water input. Such factors are highly variable and can introduce uncertainties of up to several hundred years into dates obtained on marine samples in some parts of the world. In this paper, I briefly discuss the principles of marine reservoir correction before presenting a guide to regional and subregional Australian DeltaR values extracted from the Reimer and Reimer (2006) database and Ulm (2002).
Keyword Marine shell
Isotopic studies
Marine reservoir
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