• Bomb Produced 14C Content in Tree Rings Grown at Different Latitudes

      Dai, Kai-Mei; Fan, C. Y. (American Journal of Science, 1986-01-01)
      The 14C content in 1961-1967 rings of each of three spruce pines grown at (68 degrees N, 130 degrees W), (47 degrees 30' N, 129 degrees 16' E) and (27 degrees 13' N,100 degrees 20' E) were measured. Delta-14C values of the three specimens rise dramatically from a common level (~250 per mil) in 1961 to their respective maxima, 964 per mil, 909 per mil, and 743 per mil in 1964 and then fall to a common level ~680 per mil in 1967. The observed Delta-14C increase comes most likely from the nuclear bomb test of the USSR at 75 degrees N in 1961, although there were many other tests since the 1950s. The different effects at different latitudes reflect the atmospheric circulation patterns in the stratosphere and the transport of 14C nuclei from the stratosphere to the troposphere.
    • Dendrochronology—The Absolute Irish Standard

      Brown, D. M.; Munro, M. R.; Baillie, M. G. L.; Pilcher, J. R. (American Journal of Science, 1986-01-01)
      Since the 11th International Radiocarbon Conference considerable advances have been made in European dendrochronology giving several long continuous absolute chronologies. Recent collaboration between European laboratories provides confirmation of the accuracy of these chronologies and, thus, of the standards used for radiocarbon calibration.
    • Extension of the Holocene Dendrochronology by the Preboreal Pine Series, 8800 to 10,100 BP

      Becker, Bernd; Kromer, Bernd (American Journal of Science, 1986-01-01)
      Holocene tree-ring chronologies have been established for south-central Europe covering the past 11,000 years. The Hohenheim absolute oak chronology extends to 4089 BC. The 14C-calibrated mid-Holocene floating oak master covers a 3181-year period from ca 4045 to 7225 BC. The earliest well-replicated floating oak master (estimated calendar age 7215 to 7825 BC) extends the European oak dendrochronology back to Boreal times. Further extension of the Holocene dendrochronology has been achieved by subfossil oak and pine trees from the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. A 774-year floating series of Preboreal pine has been established. 14C ages range (from younger to older end) from 9200 to 9800 BP. Within this series a major atmospheric 14C variation is indicated, resulting in nearly constant 14C ages (9600 BP) over a period of 370 tree-rings. The European oak and pine tree-ring chronologies cover without major gaps the entire Holocene epoch. Based on the length of the dendro-records, an approximate solar year age of 11,280 years is calculate for the Holocene/Pleistocene boundary. The Preboreal pine forests along the rivers were replaced by mixed oak forests between 9200 and 8800 BP. By linking the earliest oak masters and the Preboreal pine series, the European dendrochronology can be extended up to the end of Late Glacial times.
    • High-Precision 14C Measurement of Irish Oaks to Show the Natural 14C Variations from AD 1840-5210 BC

      Pearson, Gordon W.; Pilcher, J. R.; Baillie, M. G. L.; Corbett, D. M.; Qua, F. (American Journal of Science, 1986-01-01)
      High-precision measurement of dendrochronologically dated Irish oak at bidecade/decade intervals has continued in the Belfast laboratory, extending the 14C data base from ca AD 1840 to 5210 Bc. The dendrochronology is now considered absolute (see Belfast dendrochronology this conference) (Brown et al, 1986) and a continuous detailed curve is presented, showing the natural variations in the atmospheric concentration of 14C over >7000 years. Each data point has a precision of <2.50 per mil, and some 4500 years have now been compared with Seattle, giving excellent agreement. Discussion of this data base and the justification of the claimed accuracy is given together with a comparison of other chronologies. Some of the advantages and limitations of the above are discussed.
    • High-Precision Radiocarbon Dating of Bristlecone Pine from 6554 to 5350 BC

      Linick, Timothy W.; Long, Austin; Damon, Paul E.; Ferguson, C. Wesley (American Journal of Science, 1986-01-01)
      New results of radiocarbon dating of ca 100 decadal bristlecone pine samples from 6554 to 6084 BC and from 5820 to 5350 BC are presented. Using 3 new 2.5L counters filled to ca 3atm with carbon dioxide, high-precision dating has been performed by this laboratory for more than two years. Demonstration of the precision and accuracy of these counters is presented using +/2 per mil measurements from the Spörer minimum period. For the older samples, +/3 per mil measurements were made using ca 12-day counting times. Results are presented both as 14C age BP vs dendro-year BC, particularly for calibration purposes, and as Delta-14C vs time.
    • Radiocarbon Activity Variation in Dated Tree Rings Grown in Mackenzie Delta

      Fan, C. Y.; Tie-Mei, Chen; Si-Xun, Y.; Kai-Mei, Dai (American Journal of Science, 1986-01-01)
      We measured the Delta-14C values in 57 rings (from AD 1824 to 1880) of a white spruce grown in Mackenzie Delta (68 degrees N, 130 degrees W), as part of our continuing study of the Delta-14C variation related to solar activities. The values exhibit a 10 per mil fluctuation with an 11-year periodicity anti-correlated with the solar activity cycle. We also measured the Delta-14C values in 6 rings (from AD 1940 to 1945). The abnormally high value in the 1943 ring may be due to two large solar flares occurring in 1942.
    • Radiocarbon Age Calibration Back to 13,300 Years BP and the 14C Age Matching of the German Oak and US Bristlecone Pine Chronologies

      Stuiver, Minze; Kromer, Bernd; Becker, Bernd; Ferguson, C. W. (American Journal of Science, 1986-01-01)
    • Radiocarbon Calibration Data for the 6th to the 8th Millennia BC

      Kromer, Bernd; Rhein, Monika; Bruns, Michael; Schoch-Fischer, Hildegard; Münnich, Karl Otto; Stuiver, Minze; Becker, Bernd (American Journal of Science, 1986-01-01)
      14C calibration curves derived from South German oak tree-ring series are presented. They cover the interval between 4400 and 7200 BC complementing existing data sets and extending them to older periods. The atmospheric 14C level before 6200 BC no longer follows the long-term sinusoidal trend fitted to the bristlecone data. This observation is supported by a tentative match of the Main 9 series.
    • Radiocarbon Fluctuations During the Third Millennium BC

      Vogel, J. C.; Fuls, Annemarie; Visser, Ebbie; Becker, Bernd (American Journal of Science, 1986-01-01)
      Precision 14C analyses have been performed on samples comprising 1 to 4 annual rings from the south-central European dendrochronologic sequence of sub-fossil oak wood covering the period 1930 to 3100 BC. Apart from a ajor deviation in the 29th century BC, the 14C fluctuations have amplitudes of ca 10 per mil and a possible periodicity of 90 years. A 14C peak at 2190 BC has a riseand decay-time of <20 years indicating rather abrupt changes in the production rate of 14C. The 14C calibration curve derived from these data can be used for precise dating of the Early Bronze Age in the Near East.
    • Trends of 13C/12C Ratios in Pinyon Tree Rings of the American Southwest and the Global Carbon Cycle

      Leavitt, S. W.; Long, Austin (American Journal of Science, 1986-01-01)
      An accurate atmospheric 13C/12C chronology can provide important constraints to models of the global carbon cycle. Trees accumulate carbon from atmospheric CO2 into growth rings and offer potential for 13C/12C reconstructions, but results have not been reproducible. This paper presents 5 degree C curves from 5 sites, representing 20 pinyon (Pinus edulis) trees, where cores of 4 trees from each site have been pooled into a composite sample. Isotopic analysis of cellulose in 5-yr ring groups produces curves with a general trend of decreasing 5 degree C after 1800, but with pronounced short-term fluctuations superimposed upon the trend. Evidence indicates the fluctuations are strongly related to moisture availability (drought). A mean curve of the 5 delta-13C chronologies from which the fossil-fuel component is subtracted suggests a substantial biospheric CO2 contribution to the atmosphere since 1800.