Sediment dating with 137Cs

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This technique exploits the injection of radioisotopes into the atmosphere, which occurred during atmospheric nuclear testing, mainly in the late 1950s and mid 1960s. It uses this injection as a marker to identify soil and sediment particles laid down at that time.

137Cs is analysed by directly counting the sediment in a high resolution low background germanium gamma detector. These measurements enable identification of the mid-1960’s bomb fallout maximum, a marker that can be used alone or to corroborate ages derived from 210Pb.

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