10Be distribution in soils from Merced River terraces, California

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
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The distribution and residence time of cosmogenic 10Be in clay-rich soil horizons is fundamental to understanding and modelling the migration of 10Be on terrestrial sediments and in groundwater solutions. We have analyzed seven profiles of clay-rich soils developed from terrace sediments of the Merced River, California. The terraces and soils of increasing age are used to compare the 10Be inventory with a simple model of accumulation, decay and erosion. The data show that the distribution of 10Be varies with soil horizon clay content, that the residence time of 10Be in these horizons exceeds 105 years, and that to a rough approximation the inventory of 10Be in a thoroughly sampled soil profile fits the equation: N = (q − Em)(1 − eλι)/λ where q is delivery rate, E is erosion rate, m is the concentration of 10Be in the eroding surface layer, λ is the decay constant, and t is the age of the depositional unit from which the soil has developed. The general applicability of this model is uncertain and warrants further testing in well-calibrated terrace sequences.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title 10Be distribution in soils from Merced River terraces, California
Series title Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
DOI 10.1016/0016-7037(86)90134-1
Volume 50
Issue 8
Year Published 1986
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Description 9 p.
First page 1727
Last page 1735
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