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Radiocarbon in Seawater and Organisms from the Pacific Coast of Baja CaliforniaRadiocarbon was measured in dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and living organisms collected off the west coast of Baja California in October 1980. Samples from three locations were examined. Delta-14C of DIC at the southernmost station was higher than those further north, which reflects reduced upwelling in the southern region. Crabs and anchovies had Delta-14C values significantly lower than surface DIC Delta-14C, indicating the incorporation of ‘older', sediment-derived carbon sources from their diets. Comparisons are made between our DIC Delta-14C measurements and those obtained during other cruises and at a coastal site, from 1959 through 1987. Two distinct time histories of DIC Delta-14C are apparent for the post-bomb period: 1) a lower Delta-14C curve for sites close to the coast influenced by enhanced coastal upwelling; and 2) a higher Delta-14C curve for sites further offshore within the California Current.