Cosmogenic Radiocarbon

  • Claudio Vita-FinziEmail author
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The cosmogenic 14C record for the Holocene is based on tree rings and marine deposits and now extends to 50,000 yr BP. Its significance for solar history is obscured by climatic and biological factors, but comparison with the 10Be signal is helpful where the evidence is derived from ice cores; elsewhere the 14C data can be supplemented by information on changing climatic zonation using cave and river deposits. Various periodicities have been identified by spectral analysis of the 14C signal, including the ~2300 yr Hallstatt cycle and the 205 yr de Vries cycle. An apparent decline in atmospheric 14C over the last 10 kyr extends the trend identified in the 10Be signal for earlier millennia.


14Holocene Hallstatt De Vries ITCZ Grand minima Grand maxima 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MineralogyNatural History MuseumLondonUK

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