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Reservoir effect radiocarbon dating

Atmospheric carbon (expressing the "real" ages) can be mixed with older carbon from allochthonous input (e.g.

The method facilitates separation of less polar amino acids (mostly “essential”), currently not possible in the recently published protocol.

We discuss methodological developments, demonstrate carbon backgrounds, and present analytical approaches to minimize their effects.

The usual approach to eliminate this effect is to date living plants or shells to determine the modern offset in age.

Subsequently, this offset is subtracted from 14C ages of a sediment core to attain hard water corrected ages.

The chronology is based on 20 14C AMS dates of Potamogeton spec.

Based on the relation between 14C ages and the input of allochthonous carbonates as well as calculated sedimentation rates, we developed an age-depth-model that estimates the actual ages of the sediments and allows the quantification of hard water effect through time.

We investigate whether differences can be found in AMS dates for essential and non-essential amino acids since, although contemporaneous, these are expected to derive from dietary sources with differing 14C reservoirs.

AA(Freie Universität Berlin, Deptartment of Earth Sciences, Berlin, Germnay), AB(Freie Universität Berlin, Deptartment of Earth Sciences, Berlin, Germnay), AC(Freie Universität Berlin, Deptartment of Earth Sciences, Berlin, Germnay; Nanjing University, School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing PR China), AD(Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar- and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany), AE(Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar- and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany) Age determination of lake sediments with radiocarbon dating can always entail a perturbation with hard water.

The value provided by the client is subtracted or added to this already corrected age (depending if it is a Delta R or Delta–R value).

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Three isotopes of carbon are found in nature; carbon-12, carbon-13 and carbon-14.