A radiocarbon date from Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley


RADIOMETRIC dates from faunal remains deposited in lacustrine and fluvio–lacustrine sediments at numerous locations in and around the lakes of the Kenya Rift Valley confirm a period of extended lake development related to a wetter climatic phase 10,000 yr ago1–7. Thereafter, a drier climatic regime has prevailed and the lakes have contracted, although fluctuating in rapid response to sequences of wetter or drier years. Lake Bogoria (Hannington) is the last of the Kenya Rift Valley lakes to yield a radiocarbon date for this early Holocene high stand. Although a general synchronism of maximal lake development has emerged, as we report here, there is considerable variation in the dates obtained from each lake basin (Fig. 1).

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YOUNG, J., RENAUT, R. A radiocarbon date from Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley. Nature 278, 243–245 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1038/278243a0

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