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Field problems of radiocarbon dating in Tasmania


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Colhoun, EA (1986) Field problems of radiocarbon dating in Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 120. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0080-4703

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Radiocarbon dating of Late Quaternary deposits has shown that erosion of old organic materials and their redeposition in younger sediments may give ages that are too old. Also, the humid climate and leaching pedogenic environment of much of Tasmania permits translocation of young humic acids down profile through porous sediments. The humic acids may then be perched by impermeable clay horizons or may be adsorbed/ absorbed by older clay and organic materials to give ages that are too young. These problems are illustrated by examples.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 1-6
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 03:47
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:35
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