Historical reconstruction of guano production on the Namibian islands

 

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dc.contributor.author Van Sittert, Lance
dc.contributor.author Crawford, Rob
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-06T09:00:57Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-06T09:00:57Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation van Sittert, L., & Crawford, R. (2003). Historical reconstruction of guano production on the Namibian islands 1843-1895. South African Journal Of Science, 99(1/2), 13.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/27320
dc.description.abstract This paper presents data on guano production on the Namibian islands from 1843 to 1895, reconstructed from the nineteenth century customs records of the Cape Colony and United Kingdom. As the latter was the primary market for Namibian guano during this period, the data series can be considered to encompass the global production on the islands. Interpretation of the records as a proxy index for fish stock abundance is complicated by the interplay of cultural and environmental factors in influencing annual production. When compared with rainfall records from the Royal Observatory in Cape Town (1846- 1895), the guano data are suggestive of a relationship between guano production and environment, but firm conclusions must await better proxy records, perhaps based on fish scales in seafloor sediments off the Namibian coast.
dc.source South African Journal of Science
dc.source.uri https://www.sajs.co.za/
dc.subject.other Guano industry
dc.title Historical reconstruction of guano production on the Namibian islands
dc.type Journal Article
dc.date.updated 2016-01-13T10:39:05Z
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Historical Studies en_ZA
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