Becker-Heidmann 2012

Becker-Heidmann, P. (2012): Recent progress in establishing the International Radiocarbon Soils  database (IRSDB). 21st International Radiocarbon Conference. Paris, France. Poster



The International Radiocarbon Soils DataBase is hosted on a webserver and can be accessed directly from the internet. The URL is:
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