Radiocarbon dating of mumiyo samples from Antarctica, supplement to: Hiller, Achim; Hermichen, Wolf-Dieter; Wand, Ulrich (1995): Radiocarbon-dated subfossil stomach oil deposits from petrel nesting sites; novel paleoenvironmental records from continental Antarctica. Radiocarbon, 37(2), 171-180


Radiocarbon dating is a nimportant tool for reconstructing Late Quaternary paleoenvironmental history of the Antarctic continent. Because of the scarcity of datable material, new suitable substances are welcomed. We present here novel paleoenvironmental records subfosil stomach oil deposits (mumiyo). This waxy organic material is found in petrel breeding colonies, especialy in those of snow petrels, Pagodroma nivea. The substance is formed by acumulation and solidifica tion of stomach oil regurgitated for the purpose of defense. We demonstrate and outline the usefulnes and limitations of 14C dating mumiyo for determining dates of local ice retreat, moraines and petrel ocupation history.

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Creator Wand, Ulrich;Hermichen, Wolf-Dieter;Hiller, Achim
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2016
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC-BY)
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Collection of Datasets
Format application/zip
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (80S-62S,86W-161E)
Temporal Point 2002-01-14T11:59:59Z