Radiocarbon dating of mangrove sediments

Juliet Sefton, Sarah Woodroffe, Philippa Ascough

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Radiocarbon dating is the most widely applied dating technique for understanding past mangrove environments and dynamics. Mangrove sediments contain an abundance of different carbon sources for radiocarbon dating. Creating reliable chronologies, however, is challenging, largely due to contamination from modern root systems. Radiocarbon ages derived from bulk sediments are difficult to link exactly to past environmental changes or events because they are mean ages of an unknown mix of carbon sources. Aboveground surface macrofossil samples and methods that concentrate specific size fractions (e.g., pollen concentrates) will likely provide more control on possible carbon sources and more reliable ages. Ultimately, it is important to carefully consider stratigraphy and likely depositional environments of mangrove sedimentary records to provide the necessary sample context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDynamic Sedimentary Environments of Mangrove Coasts
EditorsFrida Sidik, Dan Friess
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780128164372
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon
  • Chronology
  • Mangrove
  • Radiocarbon

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