Rarotonga Radiocarbon (delta 14C) for 1950 to 1997

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Title: Rarotonga Radiocarbon (delta 14C) for 1950 to 1997
Abstract:
Rarotonga coral radiocarbon (14C) timeseries. Coral radiocarbon (Delta-14C) on untreated, low-speed drilled samples. Precision is +/- 4 per mil as documented by an in-house homogenized coral standard, and presented as AGE CORRECTED DELTA-14C [see Stuiver Polach, 1977]. The sample cores were made on a Porites lutea coral located in open marine conditions off Rarotonga. Cores were split and cleaned with distilled water. After identifying the major vertical growth axis, the coral was sequentially sampled at 1 mm increments with a low-speed drill. Splits (~1 mg) were reacted in vacuo in a modified autocarbonate device at 90 deg C and the purified CO2 analyzed on a gas source stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer. Additional splits were analyzed by ICP-AES for Sr, and Ca. The delta-18O and [Sr/Ca] results were individually mapped to the Kaplan OI and IGOSS sea surface temperature time-series for the grid box containing Rarotonga. The resulting age model indicates an average linear extension rate on the order of 16mm/yr with an estimated age-model error of +/-1 month. For the interval 1959-1997, approximately every other sample was analyzed for 14C (~8samples/yr), and for the interval 1950-1959 every sample was analyzed. Splits (~10mg) were placed in individual reaction chambers, evacuated, heated, and then acidified with orthophosphoric acid at 90 deg C. The evolved CO2 was purified, trapped, and converted to graphite in the presence of cobalt catalyst in individual reactors [Vogel et al., 1987]. Graphite targets were measured at the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory [Davis et al., 1990]. Radiocarbon results are reported as Delta-14C (") as defined by Stuiver and Polach [1977] and include the d13C correction obtained from the stable isotope results and are "age corrected". Analytical precision and accuracy of the radiocarbon measurements is +/- 4" (1s) based on repeated analyses of an in-house homogenized near-modern coral and accepted secondary and tertiary radiocarbon standards. In keeping with the definition of "high-precision radiocarbon" (less than 3 per mil, 1-sigma) data have been rounded to zero significant figures.
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Guilderson, T., Schrag, D., Goddard, E., Kashgarian, M., Wellington, G., and Linsley, B., 200010, Rarotonga Radiocarbon (delta 14C) for 1950 to 1997: World Data Center for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series 2000-062, World Data Center for Paleoclimatology, Boulder, Boulder.

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -159.82
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -159.82
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: -21.23
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: -21.23

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    Beginning_Date: 1950
    Ending_Date: 1997
    Currentness_Reference: Publication Date

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  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    coral variable
    coral variable (Source: coral variable)

    del14C
    delta 14C (per mil) (Source: Druffel, E. M., 1981, Radiocarbon in annual coral rings from the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 8, p. 59-62.)

    Range of values
    Minimum:unknown
    Maximum:unknown
    Units:per mil
    Resolution:0.01


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    Guilderson, T.P., D.P. Schrag, E. Goddard, M. Kashgarian, G.M., Wellington, and B.K. Linsley, 2000, Southwest subtropical Pacific surface water radiocarbon in a high-resolution coral record. Radiocarbon, 42 (2), 249-256, 2000.

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Paleoclimatic Research


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    NOAA Paleoclimatology Program
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    Disclaimer- While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

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Dates:
Last modified: 31-Mar-2011
Last Reviewed: 31-Mar-2011
Metadata author:
NOAA Paleoclimatology Program
Data Manager
325 Broadway, Code E/CC23
Boulder, Colorado 80305-3328
U.S.A.

(303) 497-6280 (voice)
(303) 497-6513 (FAX)
paleo@noaa.gov

Hours_of_Service: 9-5 MST Monday-Friday
Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)


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