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Robust chronological reconstruction for young speleothems using radiocarbon

Hua, Quan; McDonald, Janece; Redwood, Dale; Drysdale, Russell N; Lee, Sharen; Fallon, Stewart; Hellstrom, John Charles


We have studied two young speleothems, SC4 from Smiths Cave (Christmas Island, eastern Indian Ocean) and WM7 from Wollondilly Cave (Wombeyan caves, SE Australia). Attempts to date these speleothems by the Th/U method have proved unsuccessful with some age reversals for SC4 due to multiple sources of non-authigenic Th. This method has also resulted in imprecise ages for WM7 because of low U concentrations (<10 ppb) and consequently very low levels of authigenic 230Th relative even to the very...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Quaternary Geochronology
DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2012.04.017


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