What is it about?

We present marine reservoir correction values for the south and east coasts of South Africa using well-curated bivalves of known age. This builds on work by Dewar et al. (2012) who did a reservoir correction determination for the west coast.

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Why is it important?

This is important in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction studies that use marine samples for age-modeling. Our findings show that the south and east coast have different physiographic differences and ocean dynamics that lead to different ∆R values. The south coast has a higher ∆R-value due to wider continental shelf and upwelling from Agulhas current

Perspectives

I hope the article is a helpful addition to the numerous studies to unravel past environmental changes in southern Africa

Matjie Lillian Maboya
University of Cape Town

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This page is a summary of: Late Holocene marine radiocarbon reservoir correction for the southern and eastern coasts of South Africa, Radiocarbon, December 2017, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/rdc.2017.139.
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