Some considerations of the 210Pb constant rate of supply (CRS) dating model

Sanchez-Cabeza, J. A., I. Ani-Ragolta, P. Masqué

Limnol. Oceanogr., 45(4), 2000, 990-995 | DOI: 10.4319/lo.2000.45.4.0990

ABSTRACT: One of the most widely used radionuclides in the study of recent sedimentation processes is 210Pb. Its depth profile in sediments is used as input for various dating models, which provide chronologies, mass fluxes, and sedimentation rates. In this work we revisited the CRS (constant rate of supply) model, widely used for dating sediments through 210Pb. A more general hypothesis (periodic flux [PF]) was proposed and, although it confirmed the validity of CRS chronology, a detailed analysis of the mass sedimentation formula pointed out an inconsistency of the cited model. A new mass sedimentation formula was proposed and validated with a lake sediment core and four marine sediment cores.

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