Final radiocarbon investigation of Platland tree, the biggest African baobab
Patrut, Roxana T.
von Reden, Karl F.
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KeywordAMS radiocarbon dating; Adansonia digitata; Tropical trees; Ring-shaped structure; Age determination; False cavity
The article discloses the main results of our new investigation of Platland tree, a.k.a. Sunland baobab, the largest known African baobab. Our recent research was motivated by the three successive splits of 2016 and 2017, which determined the collapse and demise of the stems that have built the main unit of the tree. According to our new findings concerning the architecture of large and old baobabs, we established that Platland tree has a double closed-ring shaped structure and consists of two units/rings that close two separate false cavities. The larger unit was composed of five fused stems, out of which four toppled and died, while the fifth stem is already broken. The smaller unit, which is still standing, consists of three fused stems. We also determined that the larger unit had an age of 800 yr, while the smaller unit is 1100 yr old.
Author Posting. © Studia Chemia, 2017. This article is posted here by permission of Studia Chemia for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Seria Chemia 62, no. 2, Tom 2 (2017): 347-354, doi:10.24193/subbchem.2017.2.27.
Suggested CitationArticle: Patrut, Adrian, Woodborne, Stephan, Patrut, Roxana T., Rakosy, Laszlo, Hall, Grant, Ratiu, Ileana, von Reden, Karl F., "Final radiocarbon investigation of Platland tree, the biggest African baobab", Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Seria Chemia 62, no. 2, Tom 2 (2017): 347-354, DOI:10.24193/subbchem.2017.2.27, https://hdl.handle.net/1912/9441
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