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East African soil erosion recorded in a 300 year old coral colony from Kenya

Fleitmann, Dominik; Dunbar, Robert B; McCulloch, Malcolm; Mudelsee, Manfred; Vuille, Mathias; McClanahan, Tim R.; Cole, Julia E.; Eggins, Stephen


Soil erosion is a key socio-economic and environmental problem in Kenya, which has been poorly documented due to the lack of long, continuous records. Here we present Ba/Ca records from Porites corals from the Malindi coral reef documenting the flux of suspended sediment from the Sabaki River with a sub-weekly resolution for the last 300 years. While sediment flux from the Sabaki River is almost constant between 1700 and 1900, a continuous rise in sediment flux is observed since 1900, first due...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Geophysical Research Letters
DOI: 10.1029/2006GL028525


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