Major advancement in the U-Th measurement techniques since the 1990's have resulted in new opportunities for the use of these nuclides to probe into aquatic processes in greater detail. This volume provides state-of-the-art reviews on the applications of U-Th series nuclides to "time" and "tag" in a variety of processes occurring in aquatic systems.

Key Features

* this book provides state of art reviews on the applications of U-Th Series nuclides to 'time'and 'tag' key processes occurring in aquatic systems. * the book is self-contained, each chapter presents nuclide source functions, processes regulating their distributions and models used to describe them. * the book emphasizes current thinking in the field and future directions.


geochemists, earth and environmental scientists

Table of Contents

Introduction (S. Krishnaswami & J. K. Cochran). U and Th Series Nuclides in the Atmosphere: Supply, Exchange, Scavenging and Applications to Aquatic Processes (T. Church & M. M. Sarin). U-Series Geochemistry in Weathering Profiles, River Waters and Lakes (F. Chabaux, B. Bourdon & J. Riotte). Investigating Groundwater Processes Using U- and Th-Series Nuclides (D. Porcelli). Uranium and Thorium Series Nuclides as Tracers of Submarine Groundwater Discharge (M. A. Charette, W. S. Moore & W. C. Burnett). U-Th Series Nuclides in Estuarine Environments (B. A. McKee). U and Th Series Nuclides as Tracers of Particle Dynamics, Scavenging and Biogeochemical Cycles in the Oceans (M. M. Rutgers van der Leoff & W. Geibert). The Bioaccumulation of U-Th Series Radionuclides in Marine Organisms (G. M. Stewart, S. W. Fowler & N. S. Fisher). Ocean Circulation/Mixing Studies with Decay-Series Isotopes (T. L. Ku & S. Luo). Uranium and Thorium Series Radionuclides in Marine Groundwaters (J. K. Cochran & D. Kadko). Sediment Signatures of U-Th Nuclides and their Application as Paleoceanographic Tracers (Z. Chase). Appendix: Charts of the 238U, 235U, 232Th and 241Am decay series with principal modes of decay and their energies (W. Geibert). Appendix B Systematics of Radioactive Decay (S. Krishnaswami, J. Kirk Cochran). Index of Authors. Subject Index


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About the series-volume-editors

S. Krishnaswami

Affiliations and Expertise

Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India

J. Kirk Cochran

Affiliations and Expertise

Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University, USA