First carbon-14 observations in the Great Australian Bight

Ribbe, Joachim and Bye, John T. and Jacobsen, Geralding E. and Lawson, Ewan M. and Smith, Andrew M. and Tomczak, Matthias and Tuniz, Claudio (1996) First carbon-14 observations in the Great Australian Bight. In: 7th International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, 18 May 1996, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA.


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The Great Australian Bight south of Australia is an important link for the flow of surface, intermediate and deep water between the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Carbon-14 is a tracer of this flow and for the first time, water samples for subsequent carbon-14 analysis were collected at several locations within the Bight. We report and discuss the observed carbon-14 distribution in relation to the general hydrography of the area. For all sample depths, a close correlation of the Bight data with previous measurements from the southeast Indian Ocean was found. Our data represent the first successful Australian Accelerator Mass Spectrometry measurements for ocean water samples, and in the future, we plan to use the observations to validate output from computational experiments with a general ocean circulation model of the Southern Ocean.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Also published in journal: Radiocarbon vol. 38. Extract available from U. Arizona website link above.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:35
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: radiocarbon, Southern Ocean, Great Australian Bight, Accelerator Mass Spectrometry
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography

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