Radiocarbon Dating Suitability of Aquatic Plant Macrofossils
Journal of Paleolimnology
Radiocarbon dating, Lake sediments, Plant macrofossils, Emergent aquatic plants, Submerged aquatic plants, Dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC)
Paleolimnological and plant physiological literature were reviewed to determine which types of aquatic plant macrofossils are suitable for radiocarbon dating, with a particular focus on the uptake of reservoir-aged dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) by emergent plants. Submerged aquatic plants utilize large amounts of DIC and are clearly not suitable for radiocarbon dating. Under certain environmental conditions, some emergent aquatic plants can metabolize DIC in quantities large enough to introduce old-carbon error to radiocarbon dates acquired from their remains (plant macrofossils). Over 300 plant macrofossil images are included in the online resource Tool for Microscopic Identification; http://tmi.laccore.umn.edu) along with guidance on identification and suitability for radiocarbon dating.
Marty, James and Myrbo, Amy, "Radiocarbon Dating Suitability of Aquatic Plant Macrofossils" (2014). Watershed Sciences Faculty Publications. Paper 854.