Marine Reservoir Ages in Northern Senegal and Mauritania Coastal Waters
CitationNdeye, M. (2008). Marine reservoir ages in northern Senegal and Mauritania coastal waters. Radiocarbon, 50(2), 281-288.
AbstractIn order to estimate the modern reservoir age of the seawater (R) and the corresponding local offset from the global marine radiocarbon calibration curve (Delta-R) for coastal sites of Senegal and Mauritania, we analyzed pre-bomb mollusk shells collected between AD 1837 and 1945. In total, 27 shell samples were measured, including 19 from Senegal and 8 from Mauritania. The results for Senegal for the weighted mean of R is 511 +/- 50 BP and Delta-R is 176 +/- 15 BP; for Mauritania, R is 421 +/- 15 BP and Delta-R is 71 +/- 13 BP. While these values indicate a significant difference from the global mean value of Delta-R for Senegal, the R value for coastal Mauritania is close to the average ocean value R of ~400 yr (Stuiver and Braziunas 1993).