Compaction and Other Sources of Error in Obtaining Sea-Level Data: Some Results and Consequences

Orson Van De Plassche
This paper describes observations and results of radiocarbon assays relating to the effect of several sources of error on the time/depth position of data-points. It is shown (a.o.), that the comparability of compaction-free, time/depth data-points from the base of peat beds, representing the onset of peat growth at different levels, can be negatively influenced by compaction of the sampled peat, root contamination, and contamination by older material.