Nauru Island Radiocarbon Data for 1994 to 1995

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Title: Nauru Island Radiocarbon Data for 1994 to 1995
Nauru-2 coral radiocarbon (14C) timeseries. (166E, 0.5S, 14m bottom depth). 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]. Cores were taken from a 1.6 meter Porties spp coral on the north side of Nauru Island (166E 0.5S), 14m bottom depth, in July of 1995 by D. Schrag M. Moore. Cores were split and cleaned with distilled water. After identifying the major vertical growth axis, the coral was sequentially sampled at 2 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. The remaining sample splits (~10 mg) 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 (ó) as defined by Stuiver and Polach [1977] and include the d13C correction obtained from the stable isotope results. Analytical precision and accuracy of the radiocarbon measurements is +/- 4ó (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. The age model for these data was derived from a preliminary delta-13C age model which was then optimized by mapping the delta-18O data to a local instrumental precipitation record. Age model errors are estimated (brute force approach) at +/- 2-3 months.
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Guilderson, T., Schrag, D., Kashgarian, M., and Southon, J., 199908, Nauru Island Radiocarbon Data for 1994 to 1995: World Data Center for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series 1999-043, World Data Center for Paleoclimatology, Boulder, Boulder.

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    West_Bounding_Coordinate: 166
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: 166
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: -0.5
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: -0.5

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    Beginning_Date: 1947
    Ending_Date: 1995
    Currentness_Reference: Publication Date

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    coral variable
    coral variable (Source: coral variable)

    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
    Units:per mil

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    Guilderson, T.P., D.P. Schrag, M. Kashgarian and J. Southon, 1998. Radiocarbon Variability in the Western Equatorial Pacific Inferred from a High-Resolution Coral Record from Nauru Island J. of Geophysical Research 103, 24641-24650.

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Paleoclimatic Research

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    NOAA Paleoclimatology Program
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    Boulder, Colorado 80305-3328

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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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Last modified: 24-Jan-2017
Last Reviewed: 31-Mar-2011
Metadata author:
NOAA Paleoclimatology Program
Data Manager
325 Broadway, Code E/CC23
Boulder, Colorado 80305-3328

(303) 497-6280 (voice)
(303) 497-6513 (FAX)

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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