Bay of Bengal
Ganges Brahmaputra Delta
planar bedding structures
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CitationMorgenstern, U., Geyh, M. A., Kudrass, H. R., Ditchburn, R. G., & Graham, I. J. (2001). 32Si dating of marine sediments from Bangladesh. Radiocarbon, 43(2B), 909-916.
DescriptionFrom the 17th International Radiocarbon Conference held in Jerusalem, Israel, June 18-23, 2000.
AbstractAppropriate dating tools are essential for paleoenvironmental studies. Cosmogenic 32Si with a half-life of about 140 years is ideally suited to cover the dating range 30-1000 years. Here we have applied scintillation spectrometry for detection of natural 32Si to date marine shelf sediments. High detection efficiency, combined with stable background, allows for the detection of extremely low 32Si specific activities found in such sediments with counting rates below one count per hour. For a sediment core from the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta 32Si dating yields mean sedimentation rates of 0.7 +/0.2 cm/yr for 50 to several hundred years BP and 3.1 +/0.8 cm/yr for the past 50 years. The four-fold increase of the sedimentation rate over the past 50 years may reflect increased sediment loads in the rivers due to increasing human colonization within the rivers' drainage basins.
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