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River runoff reconstructions from novel spectral luminescence scanning of massive coral skeletons

Grove , C. A; Nagtegaal, R; Zinke, J; Scheufen, T; Koster, B; Kasper, S; McCulloch, Malcolm; van den Bergh, Gerrit D; Brummer, G. Jan A.


Inshore massive corals often display bright luminescent lines that have been linked to river flood plumes into coastal catchments and hence have the potential to provide a long-term record of hinterland precipitation. Coral luminescence is thought to result from the incorporation of soil-derived humic acids transported to the reef during major flood events. Corals far from terrestrial sources generally only exhibit dull relatively broad luminescence bands, which are attributed to seasonal...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Coral Reefs
DOI: 10.1007/s00338-010-0629-y


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