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A test of "Annual resolution" in stalagmites using tree rings

Quaternary Research

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DOI: 10.1006/qres.2002.2354

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Abstract

So-called annual banding has been identified in a number of speleothems in which the number of bands approximates the time interval between successive U-series dates. The apparent annual resolution of speleothem records, however, remains largely untested. Here we statistically compare variations in band thickness from a late Holocene stalagmite in Carlsbad Cavern, Southern New Mexico, USA, with three independent tree-ring chronologies form the same region. We found no correspondence. Although there may be various explanations for the discordance, this limited exercise suggests that banded stalagmites should be held to the same rigorous standards in chronology building and climatic inference as annually resolved tree rings, corals, and ice cores. ?? 2002 University of Washington.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A test of "Annual resolution" in stalagmites using tree rings
Series title:
Quaternary Research
DOI:
10.1006/qres.2002.2354
Volume
58
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2002
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Quaternary Research
First page:
197
Last page:
199