Natural radionuclides as tracers of coastal biogeochemical processes

J. Kirk Cochran, Huan Feng, D. Amiel, A. Beck

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Abstract

This paper presents an overview of the ways that natural radionuclides have been used as tracers of biogeochemical processes occurring in the coastal ocean. The radionuclides involved include those in the uranium and thorium decay series and those produced in the atmosphere by the interaction of cosmic rays with atmospheric gases (i.e., cosmogenic radionuclides). The property of radioactivity provides a chronometer with which to measure the rates of oceanic processes, and the fundamental biogeochemical behavior of the radionuclide determines which process(es) it may be used to trace. Examples from recent research will be presented in the talk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-379
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Geochemical Exploration
Volume88
Issue number1-3 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006

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cosmogenic radionuclide
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thorium
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Uranium
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Radioactivity
atmosphere
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Keywords

  • Beryllium-7
  • Radionuclides
  • Radium
  • Submarine groundwater discharge
  • Thorium-234

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Cochran, J. Kirk ; Feng, Huan ; Amiel, D. ; Beck, A. / Natural radionuclides as tracers of coastal biogeochemical processes. In: Journal of Geochemical Exploration. 2006 ; Vol. 88, No. 1-3 SPEC. ISS. pp. 376-379.
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In: Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Vol. 88, No. 1-3 SPEC. ISS., 01.01.2006, p. 376-379.

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