Malindi, Kenya Stable Isotope Data (delta 18O, delta 13C) for 1801-1994

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Malindi, Kenya Stable Isotope Data (delta 18O, delta 13C) for 1801-1994
Malindi annual oxygen isotopic composition, 1801-1994. Notes on the data: File includes columns for Year AD, Coral d18O, and SST (degrees C). The SST data are sparse as they were screened using the procedures described below. The coral used in this study grew (and still does grow) in Malindi Marine Park, Kenya (3 degrees S, 40 degrees E). The colony lies at a depth of ~6m (low tide) and is about 4m in height. Annual growth rates are roughly 12mm/yr. Oxygen isotopic data are from annual increments of coral skeleton that were cut according to annual density bands that are clearly visible in the core. Annual chunks were crushed and homogenized; isotopic values represent the average of duplicate or triplicate samples. Because samples were taken with respect to visible annual density banding, there is no depth scale for this record. Density and fluorescent banding can be viewed at <> (Core Mal 96-1 is taken from the same colony as the core used to generate this dataset.) Annual density banding is unambiguous in this core, so annual assignments are precise. The annual samples represent a year that is roughly November thru October. (The year assigned is the year of the January, not the year of the November, that is included in that interval). However, if cuts were not precisely along the October-November boundary, small (1-2 month) offsets in the months assigned to an annual sample may have occurred. Stable isotope samples were analyzed on three isotope ratio mass spectrometers: a VG 602 with SIRA-series electronics at Rice University, a VG-SIRA with automated carbonate preparation device, and a Micromass Optima with automated carbonate preparation device, the latter two at the University of Colorado/Boulder (INSTAAR). Each measurement has an analytical uncertainty of 0.08 degrees; the differences between duplicate samples were above 0.18 degrees in only 2 of 195 cases, confirming inter-lab and inter-instrument calibrations. We calibrate the coral d18O to the enhanced COADS SST from 3 degrees S, 41 degrees E, which has a broader screening tolerance than the standard COADS (4.5 sigma vs. 3.5 sigma) to capture larger anomalies. COADS enhanced data are provided by the NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center, Boulder, Colorado, from their web site at <>. We use annual SST data representing a Nov.-Oct. year and include only years that contain at least three observations from every month; this procedure yields a slope of 0.256 degrees per 1 degree C and explains 47% of the SST variance. The details of the calibration procedure have little effect on the paleotemperature slope: using the standard SST product instead of the enhanced yields a slope of -0.228; omitting the minimum requirement of three observations per month yields a slope of 0.262 for the enhanced COADS and 0.252 for the standard. These correlations are all significant at >99.9%.
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    Cole, J.E., Dunbar, R.B., and McClanahan, T.R., 200007, Malindi, Kenya Stable Isotope Data (delta 18O, delta 13C) for 1801-1994: World Data Center for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series 2000-050, World Data Center for Paleoclimatology, Boulder, Boulder.

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    West_Bounding_Coordinate: 39.95
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: 40.183
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: -3.233
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: -3.417

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    <> (GIF)
    Density banding
    <> (GIF)
    Fluorecent banding

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    Ending_Date: 1994
    Currentness_Reference: Publication Date

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    coral variable
    coral variable (Source: coral variable)

    delta 18O (per mil) (Source: Craig, H., 1957. Isotopic standards for mass spectrometric analysis of carbon dioxide. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 12:113-140)

    Range of values
    Units:per mil

    Sea Surface Temperature (Source: unknown)

    Range of values
    Units:degree C

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    Cole, J. E., R. B. Dunbar, T. R. McClanahan, and N. Muthiga, 2000, Tropical Pacific forcing of decadal variability in the western Indian Ocean over the past two centuries, Science 287, 617-619.

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Paleoclimatic Research

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Last modified: 31-Mar-2011
Last Reviewed: 31-Mar-2011
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(303) 497-6280 (voice)
(303) 497-6513 (FAX)

Hours_of_Service: 9-5 MST Monday-Friday
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