U-series data for the Pelorus Island from Roff et al (2013) Palaeoecological evidence of a historical collapse of corals at Pelorus Island, inshore Great Barrier Reef, following European settlement. (NERP TE 1.3, UQ)

This dataset is the U-series data for Pelorus Island as described in Roff et al (2013) Palaeoecological evidence of a historical collapse of corals at Pelorus Island, inshore Great Barrier Reef, following European settlement. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 10.1098/rspb.2012.2100 Methods: We surveyed three leeward reef sites at Pelorus Island (figure 1). At each site, four belt transects (1 m width, 20 m length) were surveyed on SCUBA at 4–6 m depth. Surficial death assemblages were collected by hand on SCUBA at eight points (n = ?40 fragments per point) at random across a single 20 m transect at each site. From these collections, fragments of the dominant genus/growth form present in death assemblages were identified, and samples were selected for U-series dating haphazardly (i.e. with no bias for taphonomic state of fragments). Sample fragments were sectioned laterally, and a sub-sample (2–3 g) of skeleton was taken from the cleanest section (i.e. unaffected by internal bioerosion) in closest proximity to the growth margin. Approximately 1 g of carefully cleaned material from each sub-sample was used for thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) and multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICPMS) U-series dating (Roff et al 2013 for more information) Format of the data: The dataset comprises of U-Th data obtained using thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) and multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC ICP-MS). Data is presented in a table in a word file () with values for uranium concentration (U ppm), 232Th concentration (ppb), measured 230Th/232Th (activity ratio), 230Th/238U (activity ratio), ?234U (activity ratio), uncorrected and corrected 230Th age (in years), time of chemistry (years AD) and corrected 230Th age (years AD). References: Roff et al (2013) Palaeoecological evidence of a historical collapse of corals at Pelorus Island, inshore Great Barrier Reef, following European settlement. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 10.1098/rspb.2012.2100 Data Location: This dataset is filed in the eAtlas enduring data repository at: data\NERP-TE\1.3_Coral-cores

Principal Investigator
Roff, George School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland
Principal Investigator
Clark, Tara R. The University of Queensland
Co Investigator
Reymond, Claire E. Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT)
Co Investigator
Zhao, Jian-xin The University of Queensland
Co Investigator
Feng, Yue-xing The University of Queensland
Co Investigator
McCook, Laurence, Dr Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Co Investigator
Done, Terry J. Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
Co Investigator
Pandolfi, John M. The University of Queensland
Point Of Contact
Roff, George School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland g.roff@uq.edu.au

Publications / Data
Data Usage Constraints
  • Attribution 3.0 Australia

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