Most mathematical models for radiometric dating of recent sediments are particular solutions of a unique physical problem: the advective—diffusive transport of a particle-bound radiotracer within a sediment profile that undergoes accretion. Regardless of the particular assumptions about fluxes, sedimentation rates and the diffusion term, all models assume ideal deposition as a boundary condition at the sediment water interface, i. In sediments with very high porosities, this assumption may be unrealistic, because a fraction of the incoming flux may penetrate rapidly through the connected pore spaces. This process will be referred to as non-ideal deposition. This paper reviews evidence from literature data, discusses the basic processes involved, and establishes the mathematical basis to incorporate non-ideal deposition into one-phase radiometric dating models, as depth-distributed local sources. Through analytical and numerical solutions, this work demonstrates that such penetration patterns can explain excess Pb subsurface maxima, often observed in sediment cores, as well as penetration of Cs to depths greater than expected from sedimentation rates and diffusion. Implications for radiometric dating include: 1 spurious accelerations in sedimentation rate inferred when applying the constant rate of supply model, and 2 erroneous chronologies, developed when using the maximum depth at which Cs can be measured as a chronostratigraphic marker. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Rent this article via DeepDyve.
D Corresponding author. Email: azimmer ufl. Reliable sedimentation histories are difficult to obtain in sandy or anthropogenically impacted coastal systems with disturbed sediment profiles and low initial radionuclide activities. Non-steady sedimentation and nuclide scavenging processes are shown to limit application of traditional radiometric dating models in this system. Activities of three radioisotopes used for sediment dating Ra, Pb, and Cs were compared with grain size and organic matter OM distributions to assess the factors that influence accumulation of radionuclides.
The main issues regarding pb-chronology are not a number of four cores of sediments with its half-life. Appleby p. Late quaternary, sedimentation rate; dating.
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inputs from catchment soil erosion. Thus, chronology for recent rates of sedimentation can be obtained through the use of a combined radionuclide approach.
The work uses surface sediments sampled from the Tinto Estuary SW Spain , affected by mining and phosphate-fertilizer industries, and from the Ankobra Estuary Ghana , affected by intensive artisanal gold-mining. Granulometric classes have been separated by a sieving column with decreasing mesh sizes and the obtained cumulative percentage of mass mathematically described by a Rosin-Rammler particle-size distribution.
Results revealed that, far from ideal experiments, under actual environmental conditions the increase in activity concentrations with decreasing particle sizes is too moderate, and in general they are affected by larger counting uncertainties due to the small available amount of mass. Present results pose some concerns to the general use of granulometric speciation in the context of gamma spectrometry for supporting the radiometric dating of recent sediments.
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Chronostratigraphic Techniques in Recent Sediments
Age determination of lake sediments with radiocarbon dating can always entail a Heihai probably reached its highest stand of +6 m above recent lake level.
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