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VERA Seminar

Quantifying Holocene and Anthropocene erosion rates with cosmogenic and fallout nuclides

Tibor Dunai, Institut für Geologie und Mineralogie, Universität zu Köln

Short-lived cosmogenic nuclides, such as in-situ produced 14C in quartz, and fallout nuclides, such as 137Cs and 239,240Pu, are particularly suited to determine Holocene and/or anthropogenic rates of soil erosion. While fallout 137Cs has been widely used to study erosion processes, the methodology and application of the in-situ produced 14C and 239,240Pu are still somewhat experimental. In the case of in-situ 14C it are experimental/methodological obstacles that stand in the way of wider application, in the case of fallout plutonium it is down to neglect. This experimental/neglected status is a pity, since in situ 14C has the potential to allow resolving Holocene from longer-term Earth-surface process rates, whereas fallout Pu can be used to overcome difficulties in 137Cs methodology arising from the Chernobyl fallout (particularly in Europe) and the relative short half-life of radionuclides of Cs.

The presentation will (i) introduce the intrinsic methodological benefits of in-situ produced radiocarbon and fallout plutonium, (ii) report on developmental work at CologneAMS to establish routine use of these nuclides and (iii) present a showcase application for fallout plutonium.

Donnerstag, 30.04.2015    16:30 Uhr

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