Radiocarbon dating of terrestrial carbonates

Edited by: W. Jack Rink and Jeroen Thompson



Terrestrial carbonates encompass a wide range of materials that potentially could be used for radiocarbon (14C) dating. Biogenic carbonates, including shells and tests of terrestrial and aquatic gastropods, bivalves, ostracodes, and foraminifera, are preserved in a variety of late Quaternary deposits and may be suitable for 14C dating. Primary calcareous deposits (marls, tufa, speleothems) and secondary carbonates (rhizoliths, fracture fill, soil carbonate) may also be targeted for dating when conditions are favorable. This chapter discusses issues that are commonly encountered in 14C dating of terrestrial carbonates, including isotopic disequilibrium and open-system behavior, as well as methods used to determine the reliability of ages derived from these materials. Recent methodological advancements that may improve the accuracy and precision of 14C ages of terrestrial carbonates are also highlighted.
Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Radiocarbon dating of terrestrial carbonates
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-6326-5_152-1
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Description 9 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods
First page 1
Last page 9
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