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  1. Genesis of Sr Isotopes in Groundwater of Hebei Plain

    2007-01-01

    To analyze the genesis of Sr isotopes in groundwater of Hebei plain, time-accumulative effect of 87Sr/86Sr ratio was studied. It is shown that 87Sr/86Sr ratio increases with the increasing age and depth of groundwater and has a positive correlation to 4Heexc and a negative correlation to δ18O and δD.The groundwater is divided into three groups to discuss the relation between 87Sr/86Sr ratio and Sr2+ content: ① moderate Sr2+ content and higher 87Sr/86Sr ratio (water Ⅰ); ② lower Sr2+ content and higher 87Sr/86Sr ratio (water Ⅱ); and ③ higher Sr2+ content and lower 87Sr/86Sr ratio (water Ⅲ), that is hot water. On the basis of integrated analysis, it was considered that ① the radiogenic Sr in the Quaternary groundwater (Q4-Q1) originates from weathering of silicate rich in Na and Rb, mainly from plagioclase; ② the radiogenic Sr of hot water in Huanghua port is attributed to carbonate dissolution, with lower 87Sr/86Sr ratio and higher Sr/Na ratio; ③ the recharge area is laterally recharged by the groundwater flowing through igneous and metamorphic rocks, with moderate 87Sr/86Sr ratio. However, the formation mechanism of Sr isotopes in Tertiary groundwater needs further studies.

  2. Estimating the distribution of strontium isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr in the Precambrian of Finland

    Lars Kaislaniemi

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A method to estimate the 87Sr/86Sr ratio of a rock based on its age and Rb/Sr ratio is presented. This method, together with data from the Rock Geochemical Database of Finland (n=6544 is used to estimate the 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the Precambrian of Finland and in its different major units. A generalization to cover the whole area of Finland is achieved by smoothing of estimation points. The estimation method is evaluated by comparing its results to published Rb-Sr isotope analyses (n=138 obtained on the Finnish Precambrian. The results show correspondence to different geological units of Finland,but no systematic difference between Archaean and younger areas is evident. Evaluation of the method shows that most of the estimates are reliable and accurate to be used as background material for provenance studies in archaeology, paleontology and sedimentology. However, some granitic rocks may have large (>1.0 % relative errors.Strontium concentration weighted average of the estimates differs only by 0.001 from the average 87Sr/86Sr ratio (0.730 of the rivers on the Fennoscandian shield.

  3. 87Sr/86Sr isotope composition of bottled British mineral waters for environmental and forensic purposes

    Mineral waters in Britain show a wide range of 87Sr/86Sr isotope compositions ranging between 87Sr/86Sr = 0.7059 from Carboniferous volcanic rock sources in Dunbartonshire, Scotland to 87Sr/86Sr = 0.7207 in the Dalradian aquifer of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The 87Sr/86Sr composition of the waters shows a general correlation with the aquifer rocks, resulting in the waters from older rocks having a more radiogenic signature than those from younger rocks. This wide range of values means that the Sr isotope composition of mineral water has applications in a number of types of studies. In the modern commercial context, it provides a way of fingerprinting the various mineral waters and hence provides a method for recognising and reducing fraud. From an environmental perspective, it provides the first spatial distribution of bio-available 87Sr/86Sr in Britain that can be used in modern, historical and archaeological studies

  4. Accurate hydrocarbon estimates attained with radioactive isotope

    To make accurate economic evaluations of new discoveries, an oil company needs to know how much gas and oil a reservoir contains. The porous rocks of these reservoirs are not completely filled with gas or oil, but contain a mixture of gas, oil and water. It is extremely important to know what volume percentage of this water--called connate water--is contained in the reservoir rock. The percentage of connate water can be calculated from electrical resistivity measurements made downhole. The accuracy of this method can be improved if a pure sample of connate water can be analyzed or if the chemistry of the water can be determined by conventional logging methods. Because of the similarity of the mud filtrate--the water in a water-based drilling fluid--and the connate water, this is not always possible. If the oil company cannot distinguish between connate water and mud filtrate, its oil-in-place calculations could be incorrect by ten percent or more. It is clear that unless an oil company can be sure that a sample of connate water is pure, or at the very least knows exactly how much mud filtrate it contains, its assessment of the reservoir's water content--and consequently its oil or gas content--will be distorted. The oil companies have opted for the Repeat Formation Tester (RFT) method. Label the drilling fluid with small doses of tritium--a radioactive isotope of hydrogen--and it will be easy to detect and quantify in the sample

  5. Sr isotopic tracer study of the Samail ophiolite, Oman

    We have measured Rb and Sr concentrations and Sr isotopic compositions in 41 whole-rock samples and 12 mineral separates from units of the Samail ophiolite, including peridotite, gabbro, plagiogranite diabase dikes, and gabbro and websterite dikes within the metamorphic peridotite. Ten samples of cummulate gabbro from the Wadir Kadir section and nine samples from the Wadi Khafifah section have mean 87Sr/86Sr ratios and standard deviations of 0.70314 +- 0.00030 and 0.70306 +- 0.00034, respectively. The dispersion in Sr isotopic composition may reflect real heterogeneities in the magma source region. The average Sr isotopic composition of cumulate gabbro falls in the range of isotopic compositions of modern midocean ridge basalt. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios of noncumulate gabbro, plagiogranite, and diabase dikes range from 0.7034 to 0.7047, 0.7038 to 0.7046, and 0.7037 to 0.7061, respectively. These higher 87Sr/86Sr ratios are due to alteration of initial magmatic compositions by hydrothermal exchange with seawater. Mineral separates from dikes that cut harzburgite tectonite have Sr isotopic compositions which agree with that of cumulate gabbro. These data indicate that the cumulate gabbro and the different dikes were derived from partial melting of source regions that had similar long-term histories and chemical compositions

  6. Sr-isotopic systematics in soils (Sardinia, Italy)

    Full text: The Sr-isotope ratios of selected samples from the various horizons of representative soils in the southern east corner of the island of Sardinia were determined. The autochtonous soils are developed on an acidic meta volcanic formation of the Lower Paleozoic. The samples were dissolved using the sequential extraction technique, allowing to separate the labile strontium from that contained in the insoluble residue. Sr was then analyzed by mass spectrometry. The Sr-isotope ratios generally increase from the bottom to the top of the soils; increase being particularly significant in the insoluble residue fraction and, subordinately, in the HNO3 -soluble fraction. However, the labile Sr exhibits a isotopic range (0.710916 - 0.711454) lower than the insoluble Sr (0.719142 - 0.749583), that is, in turn, lower than the average Sr-isotopic ratio of the parent rock (0.750756). The results indicate that the bulk of the labile Sr is provided by a distinct source from the parent rock. Such a source is likely represented by the Sr contained in cyclic salts carried by rainwater (87Sr/86Sr 0.70918). Calculations show that the fraction of the labile strontium released by leaching of soil minerals vary from 6 to 18 % moving from the depth to the top of the soils. (author)

  7. Resolving archaeological populations with Sr-isotope mixing models

    Strontium isotope analysis of tooth enamel is a useful provenancing technique to investigate the childhood origins and residential mobility of ancient people. However, where different geographical target regions have similar biosphere 87Sr/86Sr it is often difficult to resolve the 87Sr/86Sr ranges of two different groups of people and establish what constitutes the local range at each site. Here a multi-period study is presented from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland and an investigation of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age populations from the Yorkshire Wolds, NE England. The aim is to demonstrate that, despite complex human dietary strategies, simple mixing systems with only two end-members do occur in archaeological human populations in certain geological provinces and, despite overlapping 87Sr/86Sr ranges, it is possible to separate two populations based on the structure within the data set

  8. C, Sr and Sr isotopic composition on probable vendian- tommotian carbonate sequences in Nw Argentina

    C-isotope stratigraphy is one of the most powerfool tools in Precambrian chronostratigraphy, especially when sediments lack recognizable animal fossils. The δ13C secular variation curves for marine carbonates in the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian interval show strong positive-negative excursions, several of them interpreted as the stratigraphic position of ancient ice ages (Hoffman et al. 1998). The Sr isotope composition of the seawater for this age interval is characterized by a continuous increase of 87Sr/86Sr that is interrupted, several times, by sharp rises, which represent important changes in the Earth history (Montanez et al. 2000). Only limited data on the behavior of C and Sr isotopes in carbonates are available in South America. We examine here carbonate sequences from the Argentine Precordillera, San Juan province, and from other carbonate sequences in NW Argentina that could be, potentially, proxies for the Precambrian-Cambrian transition. We have studied their δ13C and 87Sr/86Sr chemostratigraphy and compare it to global C and Sr isotope secular variation curves for this time span. This study aims to improve the relatively coarse stratigraphic resolution provided only by the study of the fossil record in some of the carbonate successions under consideration (au)

  9. Isotope Selection Characteristics of MOT for the Detection of the Sr Rare Isotopes

    Trace isotope analysis has become an essential tool in basic research, environmental science, archaeological dating and geology. Especially, the detection of the trace radio isotope 90Sr, which is a fission product, has been of an interest because of the nuclear industry and environmental assessment. Recently, the neutral atom trap method has been developed for analyzing ultra trace isotopes, such as 81Kr, 85Kr and 41Ca. This method is not only free of contamination from different isotopes or isobar, but it is also a higher isotope selective method than any other laser based methods. To develop the higher isotope selective analytical system to detect rare 90Sr, MOT(magneto optical trap) has been applied as an isotope selective excitation method. In this paper, MOT has been demonstrated and the fluorescence characteristics have been investigated to have knowledge of the isotope selective process of MOT

  10. Do foraminifera accurately record seawater neodymium isotope composition?

    Scrivner, Adam; Skinner, Luke; Vance, Derek

    2010-05-01

    , Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 265, 571-587. Lacan, F., and Jeandel, C., 2005a. Neodymium isotopes as a new tool for quantifying exchange fluxes at the continent-ocean interface, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 232, 245-257. Piepgras, D.J., and Wasserburg, G.J., 1987. Rare earth element transport in the western North Atlantic inferred from Nd isotopic observations. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 51, 1257-1271. Rutberg, R.L., Hemming, S.R., and Goldstein, S.L., 2000. Reduced North Atlantic deep water flux to the glacial southern ocean inferred from neodymium isotope ratios. Nature 405, 935-938. Tachikawa, K., Roy-Barman, M., Michard, A., Thouron, D., Yeghicheyan, D., and Jeandel, C., 2004. Neodymium isotopes in the Mediterranean Sea: comparison between seawater and sediment signals. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 68, 3095-3106.

  11. Investigation of a dynamic seawater intrusion event using strontium isotopes (87Sr/86Sr)

    Jørgensen, Niels Oluf; Andersen, Martin S.; Engesgaard, Peter Knudegaard

    2008-01-01

    of Palaeocene (Danian) limestone. Stable isotopes (18O and 2H), strontium isotopes (87Sr/86Sr) and the elements Sr and Cl were measured to delineate the mixing of seawater and groundwater in the shallow aquifer and to determine the contribution from different water sources along the flow paths. The...... stable isotopes reflect recharge conditions and mixing between groundwater and seawater. The 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios are controlled by aquifer matrix chemistry. The 87Sr/86Sr ratio distribution and Sr content reveal a ternary mixing system in the shallow aquifer, encompassing brackish seawater, fresh...... sandy aquifer through the Pleistocene sedimentary sequence. The upper part of the sandy aquifer is thoroughly dominated by mixing processes between infiltrating fresh groundwater and brackish seawater from Isefjord. Prior to the intrusion experiment there appeared to be limited mixing between the upper...

  12. Sr isotopic characteristics in two small watersheds draining typical silicate and carbonate rocks: implication for the studies on seawater Sr isotopic evolution

    Wu, W. H.; Zheng, H. B.; Yang, J. D.

    2013-06-01

    We systematically investigated Sr isotopic characteristics of small silicate watershed - the tributary Xishui River of the Yangtze River, and small carbonate watershed - the tributary Guijiang River of the Pearl River. The results show that the Xishui River has relatively high Sr concentrations (0.468-1.70 μmol L-1 in summer and 1.30-3.17 μmol L-1 in winter, respectively) and low 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.708686-0.709148 in summer and 0.708515-0.709305 in winter), which is similar to the characteristics of carbonate weathering. The Guijiang River has low Sr concentrations (0.124-1.098 μmol L-1) and high 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.710558-0.724605), being characterized by silicate weathering. In the Xishui River catchment, chemical weathering rates in summer are far higher than those in winter, indicating significant influence of climate regime. However, slight differences of 87Sr/86Sr ratios between summer and winter show that influence of climate on Sr isotope is uncertainty owing to very similar Sr isotope values in silicate and carbonate bedrocks. As 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the Xishui River are lower than those in seawater, they will decrease 87Sr/86Sr ratio of seawater after transported into oceans. Previous studies also showed that some basaltic watersheds with extremely high chemical weathering rates reduced the seawater Sr isotope ratios. In other words, river catchments with high silicate weathering rates do not certainly transport highly radiogenic Sr into oceans. Therefore, it may be questionable that using the variations of seawater 87Sr/86Sr ratio to indicate the continental silicate weathering intensity. In the Guijiang River catchment, 87Sr/86Sr ratios of carbonate rocks and other sources (rainwater, domestic and industrial waste water, and agricultural fertilizer) are lower than 0.71. In comparison, some non-carbonate components, such as, sand rocks, mud rocks, shales, have relatively high Sr isotopic compositions. Moreover, granites accounted for only 5% of the

  13. An analytical approach to Sr isotope ratio determination in Lambrusco wines for geographical traceability purposes.

    Durante, Caterina; Baschieri, Carlo; Bertacchini, Lucia; Bertelli, Davide; Cocchi, Marina; Marchetti, Andrea; Manzini, Daniela; Papotti, Giulia; Sighinolfi, Simona

    2015-04-15

    Geographical origin and authenticity of food are topics of interest for both consumers and producers. Among the different indicators used for traceability studies, (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotopic ratio has provided excellent results. In this study, two analytical approaches for wine sample pre-treatment, microwave and low temperature mineralisation, were investigated to develop accurate and precise analytical method for (87)Sr/(86)Sr determination. The two procedures led to comparable results (paired t-test, with tisotopic values were compared with isotopic data coming from (i) soils of their territory of origin and (ii) wines obtained by same grape varieties cultivated in different districts. The obtained results have shown no significant variability among the different vintages of wines and a perfect agreement between the isotopic range of the soils and wines has been observed. Nevertheless, the investigated indicator was not enough powerful to discriminate between similar products. To this regard, it is worth to note that more soil samples as well as wines coming from different districts will be considered to obtain more trustworthy results. PMID:25466059

  14. Least destructive sampling of human remains using laser drilling for Sr isotope analysis by TIMS

    Willmes, Malte; Moffat, Ian; Grün, Rainer; Armstrong, Richard; Kinsley, Les; McMorrow, Linda

    2013-04-01

    Strontium isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr) measured in ancient human remains can be used to reconstruct migration patterns of ancient human populations. This application is based on the fact that different geologic regions have distinct Sr isotope signatures that are cycled through the soils, plants and rivers, and eventually enter the food cycle. Sr isotope ratios measured in skeletal remains (bones and teeth) reflect the average of dietary Sr that was consumed when the tissue was formed, allowing the investigation of human migration between geologically distinct terrains. The analysis of human remains is always a sensitive topic requiring minimal damage to the sample, while at the same time providing highly precise and accurate results. Samples can be analysed either by solution methods like thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS), or by in-situ laser ablation MC-ICP-MS. For TIMS a drill is used to extract a small amount of sample, which is then digested in acid and Sr is separated out using ion exchange chromatography. This technique provides highly precise and accurate results, because any isobaric interferences are removed during chemical separation. The drawback is that drilling may cause visible damage to the sample, restricting access to precious human remains. LA-MC-ICP-MS analysis is very fast and nearly destruction free. However, the accuracy and precision of LA-MC-ICP-MS is limited by a number of factors including large instrumental mass discrimination, laser-induced isotopic and elemental fractionations and molecular interferences on 87Sr. Its application thus requires rigorous data reduction, which can introduce significant uncertainties into the analysis. This is especially true for samples with relatively low Sr concentrations such as human teeth (e.g., Woodhead et al., 2005; Horstwood et al., 2008; Vroon et al., 2008). In addition, LA-MC-ICP-MS has traditionally required a flat sample surface, thus an unbroken tooth needs to be cut, which is rather

  15. An accurate DNA marker assay for stem rust resistance gene Sr2 in wheat

    The stem rust resistance gene Sr2 has provided broad-spectrum protection against stem rust (Puccinia graminis) since its wide spread deployment in wheat from the 1940s. Because Sr2 confers partial resistance which is difficult to select under field conditions, a DNA marker is desirable that accurate...

  16. Sr - an element shows the way - Applications of Sr isotopes for provenance, tracing and migration (Invited)

    Prohaska, T.; Irrgeher, J.; Zitek, A.; Teschler Nicola, M.

    2010-12-01

    Strontium - named after the small Scottish town Strontian - as such is an element with little popularity. Firstly described by Martin Heinrich Klaproth in 1798, the metal is used in metallurgy to some extent whereas its compounds are interesting in glass industries, electronics and pyrotechnics. The element has chemical similarity to Ca and makes up 1/60 of the earth’s amount of the latter. Nonetheless, it is its isotopic composition which makes Sr so interesting for a large number of scientists. The natural composition of the four naturally occurring isotopes (84Sr, 86Sr 87Sr and 88Sr) varies in nature due to the radioactive decay of 87Rb to 87Sr. Thus, it was early recognized as geochronometer especially in Ca rich matrices. With increasing precision of applied methodology, the natural variation of the 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratio (analyzed at first mainly by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS)) became more and more popular in provenance studies. The natural variation of the ratio is mainly determined by the geological age and the original composition of the rock and can be used therefore as fingerprint of the local geology. The ratio is transferred with no significant fractionation via the water into plants and finally via the food chain into animal and human tissues (especially bones and teeth). As the element is chemically similar to Ca, it appears in most matrices. The use for provenance studies is supported by the fact that the long half life (4.8 x 1010 years) does not lead to an alteration during the time scales which are investigated (from recent samples to human or animal skeletal remains which date back up to 30.000 BC). The uniqueness of the system besides the natural variation is defined by the ubiquity in nature and the relatively high (and thus measurable) elemental concentration in most tissues. It was finally the advent of multiple collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) which augmented the number of applications

  17. Sr ISOTOPES AND ROMAGNA WINES: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR BETTER TRADING?

    Umberto Masi; Francesca Castorina

    2011-01-01

    The Sr isotopic compositions of 11 wines from Romagna were determined with the aim of providing a new parameter to track the origin of these wines and serving for better trading. The 87Sr values measured ranged narrowly from -0.07 to +0.33 permil, in agreement with the provenance of the parent grapes from an area characterized by substantial uniformity of soil composition. However, so far, it is possible to make a preliminary distinction of the Sangiovese wines from the other wines analyzed b...

  18. Mass measurements of neutron-rich Rb and Sr isotopes

    Klawitter, R; Brodeur, M; Chowdhury, U; Chausdhuri, A; Fallis, J; Gallant, A T; Grossheim, A; Kwiatkowski, A A; Lascar, D; Leach, K G; Lennarz, A; Macdonald, T D; Pearkes, J; Seeraji, S; Simon, M C; Simon, V V; Schultz, B E; Dilling, J

    2015-01-01

    We report on the mass measurements of several neutron-rich $\\mathrm{Rb}$ and $\\mathrm{Sr}$ isotopes in the $A \\approx 100$ region with the TITAN Penning-trap mass spectrometer. Using highly charged ions in the charge state $q=10+$, the masses of $^{98,99}\\mathrm{Rb}$ and $^{98-100}\\mathrm{Sr}$ have been determined with a precision of $6 - 12\\ \\mathrm{keV}$, making their uncertainty negligible for r-process nucleosynthesis network calculations. The mass of $^{101}\\mathrm{Sr}$ has been determined directly for the first time with a precision eight times higher than the previous indirect measurement and a deviation of $3\\sigma$ when compared to the Atomic Mass Evaluation. We also confirm the mass of $^{100}\\mathrm{Rb}$ from a previous measurement. Furthermore, our data indicates the existance of a low-lying isomer with $80\\ \\mathrm{keV}$ excitation energy in $^{98}\\mathrm{Rb}$. We show that our updated mass values lead to minor changes in the r-process by calculating fractional abundances in the $A\\approx 100$ re...

  19. Mass measurements of neutron-rich Rb and Sr isotopes

    Klawitter, R.; Bader, A.; Brodeur, M.; Chowdhury, U.; Chaudhuri, A.; Fallis, J.; Gallant, A. T.; Grossheim, A.; Kwiatkowski, A. A.; Lascar, D.; Leach, K. G.; Lennarz, A.; Macdonald, T. D.; Pearkes, J.; Seeraji, S.; Simon, M. C.; Simon, V. V.; Schultz, B. E.; Dilling, J.

    2016-04-01

    We report on the mass measurements of several neutron-rich Rb and Sr isotopes in the A ≈100 region with the TITAN Penning-trap mass spectrometer. By using highly charged ions in the charge state q =10 + , the masses of Rb,9998 and Sr-10098 have been determined with a precision of 6-12 keV, making their uncertainty negligible for r -process nucleosynthesis network calculations. The mass of 101Sr has been determined directly for the first time with a precision eight times higher than the previous indirect measurement and a deviation of 3 σ when compared to the Atomic Mass Evaluation. We also confirm the mass of 100Rb from a previous measurement. Furthermore, our data indicate the existence of a low-lying isomer with 80 keV excitation energy in 98Rb. We show that our updated mass values lead to minor changes in the r process by calculating fractional abundances in the A ≈100 region of the nuclear chart.

  20. Sr isotope evolution during chemical weathering of granites -- impact of relative weathering rates of minerals

    2001-01-01

    The Sr isotopic systematics in the weathering profiles of biotite granite and granite porphyry in southern Jiangxi Province were investigated. The results showed that during the chemical weathering of granites, remarked fractionation occurred between Rb and Sr. During the early stages of chemical weathering of granites, the released Sr/Si and Sr/Ca ratios are larger than those of the parent rocks, and the leaching rate of Sr is higher than those of Si, Ca, K, Rb, etc. Dynamic variations in relative weathering rates of the main Sr-contributing minerals led to fluctuation with time in 87Sr/86Sr ratios of inherent and released Sr in the weathering crust of granite. Successive weathering of biotite, plagioclase and K-feldspar made 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the weathering residues show such a fluctuation trend as to decrease first, increase, and then decrease again till they maintain stable. This work further indicates that when Sr isotopes are used to trace biogeochemical processes on both the catchment and global scales, one must seriously take account of the prefer-ential release of Sr from dissolving solid phase and the fluctuation of 87Sr/86Sr ratios caused by the variations of relative weathering rates of Sr-contributing minerals.

  1. Sr fluxes and isotopic compositions of the eleven rivers originating from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and their contributions to 87Sr/86Sr evolution of seawater

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate influence of chemical weathering of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) on seawater 87Sr/86Sr variation, river water and sediment samples were collected, and their Sr concentrations and isotopic compositions analyzed, from the seven large rivers that originated from the QTP. By combining these with the data of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Indus and Irrawaddy originated in the southern QTP, the total Sr flux of the eleven rivers reaches 3.47×109 mol·a-1, which accounts for 10.2% of the total Sr flux transported by the global rivers. The weighted mean 87Sr/86Sr is 0.71694, higher than the average value of the global rivers. The 87Srex (87Sr flux in excess of the seawater 87Sr/86Sr ratio) of the Chinese seven rivers is 1.55×106 mol·a-1, only accounting for about 6% of the value of the eleven rivers originated from QTP, and the Ganges-Brahmaputra system accounts for 86%. We assume that the QTP rivers have no strontium contributions to the oceans before ~40 Ma and the Sr fluxes of the global rivers, except the QTP eleven rivers, are constant, then a maximum linear increase in Sr fluxes of the QTP rivers from zero to the modern value in response to tectonic uplift can explain ~69% increase of seawater 87Sr/86Sr over the past ~40 Ma and the remainder of 31% is perhaps provided from other factors.

  2. Modeling of lunar basalt petrogenesis - Sr isotope evidence from Apollo 14 high-alumina basalts

    This paper reexamines the Sr isotope data available for the Apollo 14 high-alumina basalts in light of the assimilation and fractional crystallization (AFC) process model proposed by Neal et al. (1987, 1988, 1989). Positive linear correlations of Sr-87/Sr-86 with Rb-87/Rb-86 and the Sr abundance (both leading to KREEP) are used as evidence of such an AFC process in the petrogenesis of Apollo 14 high-alumina basalts. The existing Sr isotope data for Apollo 14 high-alumina basalts suggest that there were three AFC cycles. 33 refs

  3. Pb and Sr isotopic compositions of ancient pottery: a method to discriminate production sites

    The discriminating of production sites of ancient pottery samples using multi-isotopic systematics was described. Previous work has proven that Pb isotopic ratios can be used for discriminating the production sites of ancient pottery under certain conditions. The present work suggests that although Nd isotopic ratios are not sensitive to the production sites of ancient pottery, Sr isotopic ratios are important for the purpose. Pb isotopic ratios are indistinguishable for the pottery excavated from the Jiahu relict, Wuyang, Henan Province and for famous Qin Terra-cotta Figures. But, the 87Sr/86Sr ratios for the former (about 0.715) are significantly lower than that of the latter (0.717-0.718). The authors concluded that a combined use of Pb and Sr isotopes would be a more powerful method for discriminating the production site of ancient pottery. (authors)

  4. Sr-Nd ISOTOPES IN MOSSES FROM ROMAGNA (ITALY) AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL SIGNIFICANCE

    Francesca Castorina; Umberto Masi

    2010-01-01

    Sr-Nd isotopes were applied for the first time to the study of several moss samples from a transect stretching through Romagna from the Apennines to the Adriatic sea coast. The isotopic data suggest that the mosses uptake Sr and Nd via atmospheric depositions from both marine carbonates and old siliceous crustal rocks. Anthropic pollution cannot be precisely evaluated because of the lack of univocal isotopic signature of the sources.

  5. Sr-Nd ISOTOPES IN MOSSES FROM ROMAGNA (ITALY AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL SIGNIFICANCE

    Francesca Castorina

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Sr-Nd isotopes were applied for the first time to the study of several moss samples from a transect stretching through Romagna from the Apennines to the Adriatic sea coast. The isotopic data suggest that the mosses uptake Sr and Nd via atmospheric depositions from both marine carbonates and old siliceous crustal rocks. Anthropic pollution cannot be precisely evaluated because of the lack of univocal isotopic signature of the sources.

  6. Sr isotopes in the Orgueil CI meteorite: Chronology of early solar system hydrothermal activity

    J D Macdougall

    2000-03-01

    New Sr isotopic analyses and calculated formation ages of carbonates from the Orgueil CI meteorite are reported. Among the samples analyzed in this work, dolomites give the youngest formation ages and may have been deposited intermittently starting near the time of parent body formation and continuing for at least 30 Ma. The Sr isotope data also suggest that breunnerites (Fe-Mn-Mg carbonates) crystallized after dolomite formation. Leaching experiments on bulk meteorite samples provide evidence for a very mobile, water soluble Sr reservoir in Orgueil that is characterized by extremely radiogenic Sr (87Sr/86Sr ≈ 0.81- 0.82). This unsupported Sr reflects recent element redistribution, possibly at the time of parent body breakup recorded by the ∼10 Ma exposure age of Orgueil. The carbonate data in particular corroborate earlier indications that hydrothermal processes were among the earliest events to affect the CI parent body.

  7. Sr fluxes and isotopic compositions of the eleven rivers originating from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and their contributions to 87Sr/86Sr evolution of seawater

    WU WeiHua; YANG JieDong; XU ShiJin; LI GaoJun; YIN HongWei; TAO XianCong

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate influence of chemical weathering of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) on seawater 87Sr/66Srvariation, river water and sediment samples were collected, and their Sr concentrations and isotopic compositions analyzed, from the seven large rivers that originated from the QTP. By combining these with the data of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Indus and Irrawaddy originated in the southern QTP, the total transported by the global rivers. The weighted mean 87Sr/86Sr is 0.71694, higher than the average value of the global rivers. The 87Srex (87Sr flux in excess of the seawater 87Sr/66Sr ratio) of the Chinese seven QTP, and the Ganges-Brahmaputra system accounts for 86%. We assume that the QTP rivers have no strontium contributions to the oceans before -40 Ma and the Sr fluxes of the global rivers, except the QTP eleven rivers, are constant, then a maximum linear increase in Sr fluxes of the QTP rivers from zero to the modern value in response to tectonic uplift can explain -69% increase of seawater 87Sr/86Sr over the past -40 Ma and the remainder of 31% is perhaps provided from other factors.

  8. Shape coexistence in neutron-rich Sr isotopes : Coulomb excitation of $^{96}$Sr

    Clement, E; Siem, S; Czosnyka, T

    2007-01-01

    The nuclei in the mass region A $\\cong$ 100 around Sr and Zr show a dramatic change of the nuclear ground-state shape from near spherical for N $\\leq$ 58 to strongly deformed for N $\\geq$ 60. Theoretical calculations predict the coexistence of slightly oblate and strongly prolate deformed configurations in the transitional region. However, excited rotational structures based on the highly deformed configuration, which becomes the ground state at N = 60, are not firmly established in the lighter isotopes, and the earlier interpretation of a very abrupt change of shape has been challenged by recent experimental results in favor of a rather gradual change. We propose to study the electromagnetic properties of the neutron-rich nucleus $_{38}^{96}$Sr$_{58}$ by low-energy Coulomb excitation using the REX-ISOLDE facility and the MINIBALL detector array. Both transitional and diagonal matrix elements will be extracted, resulting in a complete description of the transition strengths and quadrupole moments of the low-l...

  9. Isotopic equilibration during partial melting: an experimental test of the behaviour of Sr

    Hammouda, T.; Pichavant, M.; Chaussidon, M.

    1996-10-01

    Experiments using isotopically enriched, Sr doped minerals designed to test for isotopic equilibrium between source and melt during partial melting reveal that 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios of the liquids are primarily determined by the proportions of minerals consumed and vary with the advancement of the melting reaction. The experiments were performed at 1 atm on model crustal assemblages composed of pairs of natural plagioclase (An 68; 87Sr/ 86Sr= 0.701 ) and synthetic fluorphlogopite doped with 90 ppm Sr having 87Sr/ 86Sr= 4.2 . SIMS traverses showed that during the initial stages of the reaction, liquids are isotopically zoned. All the analyzed melts have 87Sr/ 86Sr markedly higher than that of the bulk starting assemblage (i.e. the source), because of the faster melting rate of fluorphlogopite. At 1200°C and 1250°C melting occurs above a critical temperature, wherein the dissolution rates of the crystals are controlled by diffusion of species in the melt, and reactants and reaction products are out of isotopic equilibrium. This is due to faster melt-crystal boundary migration when compared to Sr diffusion in the crystals. Equilibration is possible only if melting stops. Calculations show that total equilibration between melt and residue by Sr tracer diffusion in the crystals takes 10 4-10 6 yr (for temperature and grain size ranging, respectively, from 800°C to 1000°C, and 0.1 to 1 cm). When compared to the proposed residence time of crustal magmas at their sources, this result strongly suggests that magmas that do not reflect the bulk isotopic characteristics of their source regions can be produced.

  10. Evidence for stable Sr isotope fractionation by silicate weathering in a small sedimentary watershed in southwestern Taiwan

    Chao, Hung-Chun; You, Chen-Feng; Liu, Hou-Chun; Chung, Chuan-Hsiung

    2015-09-01

    Radiogenic Sr isotopes (87Sr/86Sr) are robust for provenance identification in hydrology, affected mainly by the age of background lithologies and the degree of chemical weathering. However, there is limited knowledge concerning the fractionation mechanism of stable Sr isotopes (88Sr/86Sr) in rivers. In this study, river water was collected on a weekly to monthly basis throughout dry and wet seasons. Furthermore, to study the variations of radiogenic and stable Sr isotopes during intense weathering, a major flooding event (2000 mm precipitation in three days, Typhoon Morakot), water was captured within a small drainage catchment system (161 km2) along the Hou-ku River in southwestern Taiwan. For a better constraint on the end member compositions, bedload sediments, suspended particles, and several host rocks were sampled for a systematic investigation. The carbonate and silicate phases of these solids were chemically separated. Dissolved major elements indicate that the watersheds were predominated by silicate weathering. Stable Sr isotopes show no significant variation (δ88Sr = 0.24-0.31‰) temporally and spatially with an average of 0.28‰. Additionally, all solids showed lower δ88Sr values than the river water while the host rocks had higher δ88Sr values (δ88Sr = 0.20-0.26‰) than the residual weathering products (δ88Sr = 0.08-0.22‰), indicating preferential leaching of heavy Sr into the hydrosphere and leaving light Sr in the residual solids. Results of laboratory acid leaching experiments reveal that dissolution of high δ88Sr value minerals occurred at an early stage of weathering. The variation of weathering intensity does not alter stable Sr isotopes in silicate weathering dominated river water, which contains higher stable Sr isotopes than the associated sediments. The silicatic sedimentary rocks preferentially released higher stable Sr isotopes into the hydrosphere during chemical weathering, thus leaving lower stable Sr isotopes in the residual

  11. Tracing the geographical origin of wines using Sr-isotope as crucial geochemical tracer

    Tommasini, S; Braschi, E.; Bucelli, P.; Priori, S.; Costantini, E.; Bollati, A; Mattei, M.; Conticelli, S.

    2011-01-01

    The Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Firenze has been involved in the research project ISSUOVINO with the aim to define a geochemical marker suitable to associate the wine to its grape harvest terroir. Following this research guideline, we have determined Sr isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr) in a number of microvinifications on single grapevines belonging to the "Azienda Barone Ricasoli S.p.A." at Brolio, and, in order to make a comparison, in other high-quality wi...

  12. Mineral-scale Sr isotope variation in plutonic rocks – a tool for unraveling the evolution of magma systems.

    Davidson, J. P.; Font, L.; Charlier, B.L.A.; Tepley, F.J. III

    2006-01-01

    Isotope ratios of elements such as Sr, Nd, Pb and Hf can be used as tracers of magmatic sources and processes. Analytical capabilities have evolved so that isotope ratios can now be analysed in situ, and isotopic tracers can therefore be used within single minerals to track the changing magmatic environment in which a given mineral grew. This contribution shows that Sr isotope ratios in feldspars that make up plutonic rocks will typically preserve initial isotopic variations, provided precise...

  13. Determination of transfer factors for 137Cs and 90Sr isotopes in soil-plant system

    Studies on the determination of transfer factors (TF) for 137Cs and 90Sr isotopes from soil to plant are presented. Experiments were performed on grass from meadows of Bug river valleys and vegetables from Zwierzyniec region. The influence of potassium and calcium on the transfer factor of both isotopes is discussed. (author)

  14. Identification of Marchfeld asparagus using Sr isotope ratio measurements by MC-ICP-MS.

    Swoboda, S; Brunner, M; Boulyga, S F; Galler, P; Horacek, M; Prohaska, T

    2008-01-01

    This work focuses on testing and application of Sr isotope signatures for the fast and reliable authentication and traceability of Asparagus officinalis originating from Marchfeld, Austria, using multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after optimised Rb/Sr separation. The major sample pool comprises freeze-dried and microwave-digested asparagus samples from Hungary and Slovakia which are compared with Austrian asparagus originating from the Marchfeld region, which is a protected geographical indication. Additional samples from Peru, The Netherlands and Germany were limited in number and allowed therefore only restricted statistical evaluation. Asparagus samples from Marchfeld were harvested within two subsequent years in order to investigate the annual variation. The results show that the Sr isotope ratio is consistent within these 2 years of investigation. Moreover, the Sr isotope ratio of total Sr in soil was found to be significantly higher than in an NH4NO3 extract, reflecting the mobile (bioavailable) phase. The isotope composition in the latter extract corresponds well to the range found in the asparagus samples in Marchfeld, even though the concentration of Sr in asparagus shows no direct correlation to the concentration of Sr in the mobile phase of the soil. The major question was whether the 'Marchfelder Spargel' can be distinguished from samples from the neighbouring countries of Hungary and Slovakia. According to our findings, they can be clearly (100%) singled out from the Hungarian samples and can be distinguished from the Slovakian asparagus samples with a probability of more than 80%. PMID:17874075

  15. Sr-Nd isotopic composition of lamprophyre dykes from Queen Maud Land, East Antarctica

    Alkali basaltic-lamprophyric dykes intrude precambrian gneisses in the Schirmacher oasis, Queen Maud land, East Antarctica. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic data on two lamprophyre dykes are reported from the Schirmacher oasis. The lamprophyre dykes have given Rb-Sr biotite/whole rock isochron age of 439 ± 10 Ma (2σ). Large variations in εSr and εNd indicate higher degree of crustal assimilation. Higher εSr (+54 to +72) and lower εNd (-7 to -13) of these dykes also suggest that the source was contaminated by older crust. Biotite/whole rock Rb-Sr isotope data on lamprophyre dykes show that the terrain was affected by thermal event during early paleozoic which is correlated with the end of Pan-African orogeny. (author)

  16. Geochemistry Meets Anthropology: the use of Sr Isotopes as Tracers for Ancient Human Migration.

    Solis, G.; Schaaf, P.; Hernandez, T.; Horn, P.; Manzanilla, L.

    2005-12-01

    Sr isotopes have increasingly become an important tool in archeology and anthropology in determining provenance of humans. By comparing isotopic signatures of human teeth and bone with the soil environment, Sr isotope ratios have been used as tracers identifying living areas. Sr isotope ratios in tooth enamel reflect the source of diet during youth, whereas ratios in dentine and bones come from the food growing in local geologies around the time of death. However, since analytical procedures vary from lab to lab we present here our new technique and how it affects results. We studied 11 teeth and 12 bone samples from the archeological site of Teotihuacan, central Mexico, as well as soil and water from the locality. Mechanical sample preparation of all teeth involved isolation of the enamel layer with the aid of an orthodontical micro-tool. For some enamel samples up to three fractions (two leachates and residue) were obtained for measurement. Thoroughly cleaned bone material underwent no leaching. As an example, 87Sr/86Sr results from a sample with ratios of 0.70477 for bone (which is identical to highland soil), 0.70530 for first leachate, 0.70590 for second leachate, and 0.70668 (mean accuracy +/- 0.00004) for enamel, clearly show enamel contamination by mobile Sr probably from soil. We thus find that repeated cleaning and particularly repeated leaching procedures, including isotopic measurement of the leachates, are critical to differentiate primary from secondary Sr isotope ratios as product of interaction of soil, sediments and water from the substrate where burials took place.

  17. Re-evaluation of interferences of doubly charged ions of heavy rare earth elements on Sr isotopic analysis using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

    We re-evaluate the interference of doubly charged heavy rare earth elements during Sr isotopic analysis using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). A series of mixed solutions of standard reference material SRM 987, rare earth elements, and Sr separated from rock reference materials are measured to assess the influence of isobaric interferences on the MC-ICP-MS analysis of Sr isotopes. After sample dissolution, conventional cation-exchange chromatography is employed for Sr purification of rock reference materials prior to MC-ICP-MS measurement. It has been demonstrated that if the natural abundances of Er and Yb are used to correct for doubly charged ion interferences on Sr, an overcorrection results. In contrast, the use of measured doubly charged ion ratios results in an accurate and precise correction of isobaric interference. This finding is confirmed by analytical results for several certified reference materials from mafic (basaltic) to felsic (granitic) silicate rocks. It is noteworthy that, because Er is more prone to doubly charged ion formation, it dominates over Yb doubly charged ions as an interference source. - Highlights: • We re-investigated interference of doubly charged HREE ion on Sr isotope. • Natural abundance of Er and Yb to correct the interference leads to an overcorrection. • Er is more prone to doubly charged ion formation than Yb

  18. Modelling the Phanerozoic carbon cycle and climate - Constraints from the Sr-87/Sr-86 isotopic ratio of seawater

    Francois, Louis M.; Walker, James C. G.

    1992-01-01

    A numerical model is developed for simulating the long-term changes of atmospheric CO2 and climate during the Phanerozoic. The model describes the coupled evolution of the biogeochemical cycles of C, S, Ca, Mg, P, and Sr, with the emphasis on the effect of coupling the cycles of carbon and strontium and on interpreting the observed seawater Sr-87/Sr-86 ratios. The abilities of continental weathering, volcanism, and surface lithology in generating that signal are tested and compared. The results obtained are used to reconstruct a history of atmospheric CO2 and climate during Phanerozoic time, consistent with the strontium isotopic data. It is shown that the predicted history is compatible with paleoclimatic indicators, such as the timing of glaciation and the estimates of Cretaceous paleotemperatures.

  19. Tracking selenium in the Chalk aquifer of northern France: Sr isotope constraints

    Highlights: • We report the chemistry of the Chalk groundwater affected by Se contamination. • Strontium isotopes were used to identify the groundwater bodies and their mixings. • The spatial and temporal Se variability is mainly linked to the presence of Se-rich clays. • Saturation or desaturation of Se-rich clays control Se mobility. - Abstract: Groundwater at the southern and eastern edges of France’s Paris Basin has a selenium content that at times exceeds the European Framework Directive’s drinking-water limit value of 10 μg/L. To better understand the dynamics of the Chalk groundwater being tapped to supply the city of Lille and the Se origins, we used a combination of geochemical and isotopic tools. Strontium isotopes, coupled with Ca/Sr, Mg/Sr and Se/Sr ratios, were used to identify the main groundwater bodies and their mixings, with the Mg/Sr and Se/Sr ratios constraining a ternary system. Groundwater in the agricultural aquifer-recharge zone represents a first end-member and displays the youngest water ages of the catchment along with the highest Sr isotopic signature (0.70842) and low Se contents. Anaerobic groundwater constitutes a second major end-member affected by water-rock interactions over a long residence time, with the lowest Sr isotopic signature (0.70789) and the lowest Se content, its low SF6 content confirming the contribution of old water. Se-rich groundwater containing up to 30 μg/L of Se represents a third major end-member, with an intermediate Sr isotopic ratio (0.70826), and is mainly constrained by the clayey Se-rich formation overlying the Chalk aquifer. The spatial and temporal Se variability in the groundwater is clearly linked to the presence of this formation identified as Tertiary and also to the hydrological conditions; saturation of the Se-rich clays by oxygenated groundwater enhances Se mobility and also Sr adsorption onto the clays. This multi-tool study including Sr isotopes successfully identified the Se

  20. Sr Isotopes and human skeletal remains, improving a methodological approach in migration studies

    Solis Pichardo, G.; Schaaf, P. E.; Hernandez, T.; Horn, P.; Manzanilla, L. R.

    2013-12-01

    Asserting mobility of ancient humans is a major issue for anthropologists. Sr isotopes are widely used in anthropological sciences to trace human migration histories from ancient burials. Sr in bone approximately reflects the isotopic composition of the geological region where the person lived before death; whereas the Sr isotopic system in tooth enamel is thought to remain as a closed system and thus conserves the isotope ratio acquired during childhood. A comparison of the 87Sr/86Sr ratios found in tooth enamel and in bone is performed to determine if the human skeletal remains belonged to a local or a migrant. Until now, tooth enamel was considered to be less sensitive to secondary Sr contamination due to its higher crystallinity and larger sizes of the biogenic apatites in comparison to that in bone and dentine. In the past, enamel as well as bone material was powdered, dissolved and analyzed by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). In this contribution we show, however, that simple dissolution of enamel frequently yields erroneous results. Tooth enamel is often affected by secondary strontium contamination processes such as caries or diagenetic and environmental input, which can change the original isotopic composition. To avoid these problems we introduced a pre-treatment and three-step leaching procedure in enamel samples. Leaching is carried out with acetic acid of different concentrations, yielding two leachates and one residue of each sample. Frequently the 87Sr/86Sr results of the three leachates display different values confirming that secondary contamination did occur. Several examples from Teotihuacan, central Mexico demonstrate that enamel 87Sr/86Sr without leaching can show correct biogenic values, but there is also a considerable probability for these values to represent a mixture of original and secondary Sr without significance for migration reconstructions. Only the residue value is interpreted by us as the representative ratio for

  1. Ca-Mg-Sr-Nd Isotopes in Granitic Rocks of the Lhasa Terrane, Southern Tibet

    Peterson, B. T.; Simon, J. I.; Depaolo, D. J.; Christensen, J. N.; Harrison, T. M.

    2010-12-01

    Magnesium (Mg) and Calcium (Ca) isotopes are fractionated by aqueous precipitation and incongruent silicate weathering, resulting in sedimentary reservoirs with characteristic isotopic compositions. Limestones and dolomites are isotopically light in both elements, whereas shales/pelites can have heavy Mg and light Ca. The isotopic character of these reservoirs may persist through anatexis (Shen, et al., PNAS 106(49), 2009). Mg and Ca isotopes could therefore be used to gain new insights into the sources of granitic magmas and hence the mechanisms by which the continental crust forms and evolves. Radiogenic 40Ca gives additional information about the K/Ca ratios of magma sources, and Sr and Nd isotopes provide complementary age and lithology information. To evaluate the potential of Ca and Mg isotopes for studying granite petrogenesis we made measurements on a suite of granitic intrusive rocks of Jurassic to Miocene age in southern Tibet that exhibit large variations in Nd (ɛNd = +5 to -12) and Sr isotopes (87Sr/86Sr = 0.704 to 0.722). Our samples represent a transect northward from the Indus-Yalu Suture (IS), west of Lhasa. Rocks close to the IS have mantle-like Nd and Sr isotopic compositions, whereas those farther to the north have low ɛNd and higher 87Sr/86Sr, and include Mesozoic, Paleogene and Neogene peraluminous (2-mica) granites (DePaolo, et al., Goldschmidt, 2008; Kapp, et al., JGR 110, 2005; Hou et al., EPSL 220, 2004). Radiogenic 40Ca is detectable in peraluminous (2-mica) granites and correlates with high 87Sr/86Sr, but does not correlate with Nd isotopes, indicating that 2-mica granite magmas come from both low-K and high-K sources. Stable isotopes of both Ca and Mg show substantial variation. Relative to bulk silicate Earth (BSE, which we define as δ=0 for discussion) δ44Ca values vary from 0 to -0.7, and δ26Mg varies from -0.3 to +0.6. Thus to first order Ca is light and Mg is heavy relative to BSE. For samples with mantle-like Nd and Sr, δ44Ca

  2. Accurate gamma-ray spectrometry measurements of the half-life of 92Sr.

    Leconte, P; Hudelot, J P; Antony, M

    2008-10-01

    Studies of the nuclear fuel cycle require an accurate knowledge of the energy release from the decay of radioactive nuclides produced in a reactor, including precise half-life data for the short-lived radionuclides. Moreover, short-lived fission products are crucial for fission rate distribution measurements performed in low-power facilities, such as EOLE and MINERVE of CEA Cadarache [Fougeras, P., 2005. EOLE, MINERVE and MASURCA facilities and their associated neutron experimental programs. In: 13th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Beijing, China, 16-20 May 2005], and their nuclear decay data need to be known to high precision. For these reasons, the half-life of (92)Sr has been measured to solve a recently observed inconsistency identified with the quoted value in the main nuclear applications libraries (including JEFF3.1): T(1/2)=2.71+/-0.01 h [Parsa, B., Ashari, A., Goolvard, L., Nobar, Y.M., 1971. Decay scheme of 2.71 h (92)Sr. Nucl. Phys. A 175, 629-640]. An overestimation of 4.5% has been identified in this work, based on two independent methods. Specific gamma-ray spectrometry measurements on activated fissile foils have been carried out, using two HPGe detectors. Influencing factors such as net area measurements of photopeaks, pulse pile-up accuracy and dead time corrections in the presence of decaying activity are discussed. A new value has been obtained by combining eight series of measurements: T(1/2)=2.594+/-0.006 h. The uncertainty has been reduced by a factor of two with respect to previous evaluations. This measured value also shows good agreement with the most recent studies of T(1/2)=2.627+/-0.009 h [Nir-El, Y., 2003. Private Communications. Soreq Research Centre, Yavne, Israel]. PMID:18456504

  3. Accurate γ-ray spectrometry measurements of the half-life of 92Sr

    Studies of the nuclear fuel cycle require an accurate knowledge of the energy release from the decay of radioactive nuclides produced in a reactor, including precise half-life data for the short-lived radionuclides. Moreover, short-lived fission products are crucial for fission rate distribution measurements performed in low-power facilities, such as EOLE and MINERVE of CEA Cadarache [Fougeras, P., 2005. EOLE, MINERVE and MASURCA facilities and their associated neutron experimental programs. In: 13th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Beijing, China, 16-20 May 2005], and their nuclear decay data need to be known to high precision. For these reasons, the half-life of 92Sr has been measured to solve a recently observed inconsistency identified with the quoted value in the main nuclear applications libraries (including JEFF3.1): T1/2=2.71±0.01 h [Parsa, B., Ashari, A., Goolvard, L., Nobar, Y.M., 1971. Decay scheme of 2.71 h 92Sr. Nucl. Phys. A 175, 629-640]. An overestimation of 4.5% has been identified in this work, based on two independent methods. Specific γ-ray spectrometry measurements on activated fissile foils have been carried out, using two HPGe detectors. Influencing factors such as net area measurements of photopeaks, pulse pile-up accuracy and dead time corrections in the presence of decaying activity are discussed. A new value has been obtained by combining eight series of measurements: T1/2=2.594 0.006 h. The uncertainty has been reduced by a factor of two with respect to previous evaluations. This measured value also shows good agreement with the most recent studies of T1/2=2.627±0.009 h [Nir-El, Y., 2003. Private Communications. Soreq Research Centre, Yavne, Israel

  4. Charge radii and structural evolution in Sr, Zr, and Mo isotopes

    Rodriguez-Guzman, R.; Sarriguren, P.; Robledo, L. M.; Perez-Martin, S.

    2010-01-01

    The evolution of the ground-state nuclear shapes in neutron-rich Sr, Zr, and Mo isotopes, including both even-even and odd-A nuclei, is studied within a self-consistent mean-field approximation based on the D1S Gogny interaction. Neutron separation energies and charge radii are calculated and compared with available data. A correlation between a shape transition and a discontinuity in those observables is found microscopically. While in Sr and Zr isotopes the steep behavior observed in the is...

  5. Some Pb and Sr isotopic measurements on eclogites from the Roberts Victor Mine, South Africa.

    Manton, W. I.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1971-01-01

    Five nodules of eclogite, one nodule of garnet peridotite, and one sample of kimberlite from the Roberts Victor Mine in the Orange Free State were analyzed for concentrations of U, Th, Pb, Rb, and Sr, and also isotopic compositions of Pb and Sr. Results are presented and analyzed. They indicate that the Roberts Victor eclogites have been contaminated by lead from the host rock of kimberlite. This finding suggests that stepwise extraction of lead may be a means of obtaining the isotopic composition of the primary lead in kimberlitic eclogites.

  6. Geothermal waters from the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand: Li, B and Sr isotopes characterization

    Chemical and isotopic data for 23 geothermal water samples collected in New Zealand within the Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ) are reported. Major and trace elements including Li, B and Sr and their isotopic compositions (δ7Li, δ11B, 87Sr/86Sr) were determined in high temperature geothermal waters collected from deep boreholes in different geothermal fields (Ohaaki, Wairakei, Mokai, Kawerau and Rotokawa geothermal systems). Lithium concentrations are high (from 4.5 to 19.9 mg/L) and Li isotopic compositions (δ7Li) are homogeneous, ranging between −0.5‰ and +1.4‰. In particular, it is noteworthy that, except for the samples from the Kawerau geothermal field having slightly higher δ7Li values (+1.4%), the other geothermal waters have a near constant δ7Li signature around a mean value of 0‰ ± 0.6 (2σ, n = 21). Boron concentrations are also high and relatively homogeneous for the geothermal samples, falling between 17.5 and 82.1 mg/L. Boron isotopic compositions (δ11B) are all negative, and display a range between −6.7‰ and −1.9‰. These B isotope compositions are in agreement with those of the Ngawha geothermal field in New Zealand. Lithium and B isotope signatures are in a good agreement with a fluid signature mainly derived from water/rock interaction involving magmatic rocks with no evidence of seawater input. On the other hand, Sr concentrations are lower and more heterogeneous and fall between 2 and 165 μg/L. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios range from 0.70549 to 0.70961. These Sr isotope compositions overlap those of the Rotorua geothermal field in New Zealand, confirming that some geothermal waters (with more radiogenic Sr) have interacted with bedrocks from the metasedimentary basement. Each of these isotope systems on their own reveals important information about particular aspects of either water source or water/rock interaction processes, but, considered together, provide a more integrated understanding of the geothermal systems from the TVZ in New

  7. Sr Isotopic Evidence on the Spilitic Degradation of the Deccan Basalt

    K V Subbarao

    2000-03-01

    Similar Sr isotopic ratios (∼0.7055) for the tholeiite-spilite flow unit and the associated mineral phases, of Bombay (Deccan Traps) provide a direct evidence for the spilitic degradation of tholeiite. In contrast, a dramatic increase in the rare earth elements (REE) from basalt to spilite is rather puzzling as rare earths are considered to be relatively immobile. The geochemistry thus suggests that the process of spilitization is due to the reaction with a complex fluid having identical Sr-isotopic composition as that of the basaltic magma - thereby masking the details of the mixing process.

  8. Stable Strontium Isotopes (δ88/86Sr) As a Tracer of Sr Sources and Biogeochemical Cycling in Two Catchments Draining Fiordland, New Zealand

    Andrews, G.; Jacobson, A. D.; Lehn, G. O.

    2014-12-01

    To understand how Sr isotopes behave during chemical weathering and biogeochemical cycling, we analyzed the stable Sr isotope composition (δ88/86Sr) of rivers, rocks, sediments, plants, and soils from the Cleddau and Hollyford catchments in Fiordland, New Zealand. We leached rocks, sediments, and soils to isolate relatively soluble Sr sources. δ88/86Sr values were measured using an 87Sr-84Sr double-spike MC-TIMS method, which was optimized according to the Monte Carlo error model described in Lehn et al. (2013). The long-term, external reproducibility of the method is ±0.020‰ (2σSD) based on repeated measurements of NBS-987 [δ88/86Sr = 0.000 ± 0.004‰ (2σSEM), n=77] and IAPSO seawater [δ88/86Sr = 0.396 ± 0.005‰ (2σSEM), n=54]. Although the study site receives abundant rainfall (6700mm/yr), atmospheric inputs of Sr are negligible. We find that δ88/86Sr values can distinguish between silicate- versus carbonate- derived riverine Sr sources when traditional tracers, such as radiogenic Sr isotope (87Sr/86Sr) and molar Ca/Sr ratios, are equivocal. Moreover, rivers draining gabbro bedrock in the Cleddau and Upper Hollyford catchments have higher δ88/86Sr values (0.368‰) as compared to bulk silicate rock (0.162 - 0.284‰) and sediment (0.286‰). In the Lower Hollyford catchment, tributary rivers draining volcanic and sedimentary rocks also have higher δ88/86Sr values (0.328‰) as compared to bulk silicate rock (0.177‰) and sediment (0.260‰). We examine several hypotheses to explain the elevated riverine δ88/86Sr values, including end-member mixing, fractionation during chemical weathering, and plant uptake. We attribute the riverine δ88/86Sr values to mixing with the soil pore water pool, which is isotopically heavy due to preferential uptake of 86Sr by plants.

  9. Signatures of structural changes in neutron-rich Sr, Zr and Mo isotopes

    The evolution of the ground-state nuclear shapes in neutron-rich Sr, Zr, and Mo isotopes, including both even-even and odd-A nuclei, is discussed within the mean-field approximation based on the Gogny-D1S Gogny Energy Density Functional. Calculations for neutron separation energies and charge radii are presented and compared with available data. A correlation between a shape transition and a discontinuity in those observables is found within our microscopic framework. It is shown that, while in Sr and Zr isotopes the steep behavior observed in the isotopic dependence of the charge radii is a consequence of a sharp prolate-oblate transition, the smooth behavior found in Mo isotopes has its origin in an emergent region of triaxiality.

  10. Charge radii and structural evolution in Sr, Zr, and Mo isotopes

    Rodriguez-Guzman, R; Robledo, L M; Perez-Martin, S

    2010-01-01

    The evolution of the ground-state nuclear shapes in neutron-rich Sr, Zr, and Mo isotopes, including both even-even and odd-A nuclei, is studied within a self-consistent mean-field approximation based on the D1S Gogny interaction. Neutron separation energies and charge radii are calculated and compared with available data. A correlation between a shape transition and a discontinuity in those observables is found microscopically. While in Sr and Zr isotopes the steep behavior observed in the isotopic dependence of the charge radii is a consequence of a sharp prolate-oblate transition, the smooth behavior found in Mo isotopes has its origin in an emergent region of triaxiality.

  11. Identification of Marchfeld asparagus using Sr isotope ratio measurements by MC-ICP-MS

    Swoboda, S.; Brunner, M.; Boulyga, S.F.; Galler, P.; Prohaska, T. [University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry-VIRIS Project, Vienna (Austria); Horacek, M. [Austrian Research Centers GmbH, Seibersdorf (Austria)

    2008-01-15

    This work focuses on testing and application of Sr isotope signatures for the fast and reliable authentication and traceability of Asparagus officinalis originating from Marchfeld, Austria, using multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after optimised Rb/Sr separation. The major sample pool comprises freeze-dried and microwave-digested asparagus samples from Hungary and Slovakia which are compared with Austrian asparagus originating from the Marchfeld region, which is a protected geographical indication. Additional samples from Peru, the Netherlands and Germany were limited in number and allowed therefore only restricted statistical evaluation. Asparagus samples from Marchfeld were harvested within two subsequent years in order to investigate the annual variation. The results show that the Sr isotope ratio is consistent within these 2 years of investigation. Moreover, the Sr isotope ratio of total Sr in soil was found to be significantly higher than in an NH{sub 4}NO{sub 3} extract, reflecting the mobile (bioavailable) phase. The isotope composition in the latter extract corresponds well to the range found in the asparagus samples in Marchfeld, even though the concentration of Sr in asparagus shows no direct correlation to the concentration of Sr in the mobile phase of the soil. The major question was whether the 'Marchfelder Spargel' can be distinguished from samples from the neighbouring countries of Hungary and Slovakia. According to our findings, they can be clearly (100%) singled out from the Hungarian samples and can be distinguished from the Slovakian asparagus samples with a probability of more than 80%. (orig.)

  12. Sr Isotopes and Migration of Prairie Mammoths (Mammuthus columbi) from Laguna de las Cruces, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

    Solis-Pichardo, G.; Perez-Crespo, V.; Schaaf, P. E.; Arroyo-Cabrales, J.

    2011-12-01

    Asserting mobility of ancient humans is a major issue for anthropologists. For more than 25 years, Sr isotopes have been used as a resourceful tracer tool in this context. A comparison of the 87Sr/86Sr ratios found in tooth enamel and in bone is performed to determine if the human skeletal remains belonged to a local or a migrant. Sr in bone approximately reflects the isotopic composition of the geological region where the person lived before death; whereas the Sr isotopic system in tooth enamel is thought to remain as a closed system and thus conserves the isotope ratio acquired during childhood. Sr isotope ratios are obtained through the geologic substrate and its overlying soil, from where an individual got hold of food and water; these ratios are in turn incorporated into the dentition and skeleton during tissue formation. In previous studies from Teotihuacan, Mexico we have shown that a three-step leaching procedure on tooth enamel samples is important to assure that only the biogenic Sr isotope contribution is analyzed. The same Sr isotopic tools can function concerning ancient animal migration patterns. To determine or to discard the mobility of prairie mammoths (Mammuthus columbi) found at Laguna de las Cruces, San Luis Potosi, México the leaching procedure was applied on six molar samples from several fossil remains. The initial hypothesis was to use 87Sr/86Sr values to verify if the mammoth population was a mixture of individuals from various herds and further by comparing their Sr isotopic composition with that of plants and soils, to confirm their geographic origin. The dissimilar Sr results point to two distinct mammoth groups. The mammoth population from Laguna de Cruces was then not a family unit because it was composed by individuals originated from different localities. Only one individual was identified as local. Others could have walked as much as 100 km to find food and water sources.

  13. Development of high through-put Sr isotope analysis for monitoring reservoir integrity for CO{sub 2} storage.

    Wall, Andy; Jain, Jinesh; Stewart, Brian; Capo, Rosemary; Hakala, Alexandra J.; Hammack, Richard; Guthrie, George

    2012-01-01

    Recent innovations in multi-collector ICP-mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) have allowed for rapid and precise measurements of isotope ratios in geological samples. Naturally occurring Sr isotopes has the potential for use in Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting (MVA) associated with geologic CO2 storage. Sr isotopes can be useful for: Sensitive tracking of brine migration; Determining seal rock leakage; Studying fluid/rock reactions. We have optimized separation chemistry procedures that will allow operators to prepare samples for Sr isotope analysis off site using rapid, low cost methods.

  14. Sr isotope composition of atmospheric mineral dust at Ahmedabad: provenance and seasonal variability

    Atmospheric aerosol has profound impact on global climate, biogeochemical cycles and human health. Mineral dust is one of the major components in the aerosol budget which comprise ∼ 35% of total global aerosol emission. Asian dust production is estimated to be about 800 Tg / year, which is almost half of world mineral dust emission. To improve our understanding of their sources, transport, deposition and biogeochemical impact, a comprehensive study involving chemical and isotopic composition of ambient aerosols is essential. Towards this, Sr isotopic compositions of ambient aerosol at Ahmedabad, a representative location in semi-arid region in western India, are measured since they are powerful finger print for identifying mineral dust sources and undergo insignificant alteration during transport and atmospheric processes. Ambient aerosol samples were collected using high-volume sampler with an inlet size cut off 10 μm diameter on quartz filters (8x10 inch) during 2007-2008. One fourth of the filter samples were cut and leached with 0.6N HCI to remove carbonate/labile fraction. The remaining fraction is digested with con. HF + HNO3 mixture two times and subsequently with cone. HCI + HNO3 mixture. The dried residue is taken in 0.16 N HCI and passed on Biorad AG-50w-8x resin column to separate Sr. The Sr fraction is collected and evaporated. The residue is dissolved in 0.4 NHO3 and analyzed for 87Sr/86Sr on MC-ICP-MS. Sr isotopic composition at Ahmedabad exhibits significant seasonal variation indicating pronounced temporal variability in dust sources and transport in this region. Soil derived from Decan basalt is the major dust source from western and southern region of sampling location with characteristic 87Sr/86Sr ratio 87Sr/86Sr ∼0.75. The seasonal variation in Sr isotopic composition in an annual cycle reflects the differences in source region of mineral aerosol consistent with synoptic scale wind direction over this region and demonstrates that there is

  15. The Rb-Sr isotope system as an index of origin and diagenetic evolution of southern Pacific red clays

    Morphological, mineralogical, chemical and Rb-Sr isotopic studies have been made on Fe-smectites (nontronites) from southern Pacific red clays cored near the Marquisas Islands. These minerals have at the top of the core, an 87Sr/86Sr ratio of 0.70917 +- 0.00007, which indicates an authigenic origin in isotopic equilibrium with seawater. Weak leaching experiments with 1N HCl show that the nontronites also contain a volcanic component with a lower 87Sr/86Sr ratio which, combined with the morphology of the particles, suggests a transportation by bottom currents of clay formed elsewhere. During burial, the nontronites experience diagenetic modifications resulting in an increase in Fe, K and Rb contents, a concomitant decrease of Mg, Ca, Ti, Na and Sr, and a preferential migration of radiogenic 87Sr from the clays into the surrounding pore waters. The 87Sr/86Sr ratio of the Sr adsorbed on the outermost surfaces of the nontronites does not change with depth in the core, and is, therefore, independent of diagenetic influence, which is rather characterized by the 87Sr/86Sr ratios of the interstitial waters. The isotopic composition of both the adsorbed Sr and that of the pore fluids may yield useful information on the crystallization environment and subsequent history of deep sea red clays. (author)

  16. Sr isotope tracing of multiple water sources in a complex river system, Noteć River, central Poland.

    Zieliński, Mateusz; Dopieralska, Jolanta; Belka, Zdzislaw; Walczak, Aleksandra; Siepak, Marcin; Jakubowicz, Michal

    2016-04-01

    Anthropogenic impact on surface waters and other elements in the environment was investigated in the Noteć River basin in central Poland. The approach was to trace changes in the Sr isotope composition ((87)Sr/(86)Sr) and concentration in space and time. Systematic sampling of the river water shows a very wide range of (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios, from 0.7089 to 0.7127. This strong variation, however, is restricted to the upper course of the river, whereas the water in the lower course typically shows (87)Sr/(86)Sr values around 0.7104-0.7105. Variations in (87)Sr/(86)Sr are associated with a wide range of Sr concentrations, from 0.14 to 1.32mg/L. We find that strong variations in (87)Sr/(86)Sr and Sr concentrations can be accounted for by mixing of two end-members: 1) atmospheric waters charged with Sr from the near-surface weathering and wash-out of Quaternary glaciogenic deposits, and 2) waters introduced into the river from an open pit lignite mine. The first reservoir is characterized by a low Sr content and high (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios, whereas mine waters display opposite characteristics. Anthropogenic pollution is also induced by extensive use of fertilizers which constitute the third source of Sr in the environment. The study has an important implication for future archeological studies in the region. It shows that the present-day Sr isotope signatures of river water, flora and fauna cannot be used unambiguously to determine the "baseline" for bioavailable (87)Sr/(86)Sr in the past. PMID:26802358

  17. A depleted mantle source for kimberlites from Zaire: Nd, Sr and Pb isotopic evidence

    Nd and Sr isotopic compositions in kimberlites from Zaire indicate a time-integrated depleted mantle source (epsilonsub(Nd)=+6 to +2 and 87Sr/86Sr=0.7040). Slight upper crust contamination is reflected only by the Pb isotopic system. Differences in the isotopic compositions of kimberlites from two kimberlite provinces, Mbuji Mayi and Kundelungu, point to the existence of regional heterogeneities in the subcontinental mantle, with a range comparable to that observed in the suboceanic mantle. This suggests that the deep mantle (asthenosphere) has comparable chracteristics under the oceans and under the continents. Cr-diopside megacrysts, with a more depleted signature (epsilonsub(Nd)=+6.5 and 87Sr/86Sr=0.7030) than their host kimberlites, could either be xenocrysts derived from a higher level within the mantle and incorporated during the ascent of the kimberlites or, alternatively to an early crystallization stage from a ''proto-kimberlitic magma'' which was subseqently mixed with an enriched mantle component. These data preclude a primary undifferentiated mantle from being the source of these kimberlites. (orig.)

  18. Stable Isotopes of Sr and Pb as Tracers of Sources of Airborne Particulate Matter in Kyrgyzstan

    ConclusionsElemental concentrations were higher at the LIDAR site compared to the Bishkek site. Also, concentrations were higher during dust than non-dust events at both sites.The Sr isotopic ratios suggest dust from another region, such as from Western China, Africa, or Middle E...

  19. Ca, Sr and Ba stable isotopes reveal the fate of soil nutrients along a tropical climosequence

    Bullen, Thomas D.; Chadwick, Oliver A.

    2016-01-01

    Nutrient biolifting is an important pedogenic process in which plant roots obtain inorganic nutrients such as phosphorus (P) and calcium (Ca) from minerals at depth and concentrate those nutrients at the surface. Here we use soil chemistry and stable isotopes of the alkaline earth elements Ca, strontium (Sr) and barium (Ba) to test the hypothesis that biolifting of P has been an important pedogenic process across a soil climosequence developed on volcanic deposits at Kohala Mountain, Hawaii. The geochemical linkage between these elements is revealed as generally positive site-specific relationships in soil mass gains and losses, particularly for P, Ba and Ca, using the ratio of immobile elements titanium and niobium (Ti/Nb) to link individual soil samples to a restricted compositional range of the chemically and isotopically diverse volcanic parent materials. At sites where P is enriched in surface soils relative to abundances in deeper soils, the isotope compositions of exchangeable Ca, Sr and Ba in the shallowest soil horizons (isotope composition of exchangeable Ba in deeper soil horizons (> 10 cm depth) at those sites is consistently heavier than the volcanic parent materials. The isotope compositions of exchangeable Ca and Sr trend toward heavier compositions with depth more gradually, reflecting increasing leakiness from these soils in the order Ba isotopically light exchangeable Ca, Sr and Ba in the shallowest soil horizons requires that the uptake flux to plants from those near-surface layers is less than the recycling flux returned to the surface as litterfall. This observation implicates an uptake flux from an additional source which we attribute to biolifting. We view the heavy exchangeable Ba relative to soil parent values in deeper soils at sites where P is enriched in surface soils, and indeed at all but the wettest site across the climosequence, to represent the complement of an isotopically light Ba fraction removed from these soils by plant

  20. Sea level and climate forcing of the Sr isotope composition of late Miocene Mediterranean marine basins

    Schildgen, T. F.; Cosentino, D.; Frijia, G.; Castorina, F.; Dudas, F. Ö.; Iadanza, A.; Sampalmieri, G.; Cipollari, P.; Caruso, A.; Bowring, S. A.; Strecker, M. R.

    2014-07-01

    isotope records from marginal marine basins track the mixing between seawater and local continental runoff, potentially recording the effects of sea level, tectonic, and climate forcing in marine fossils and sediments. Our 110 new 87Sr/86Sr analyses on oyster and foraminifera samples from six late Miocene stratigraphic sections in southern Turkey, Crete, and Sicily show that 87Sr/86Sr fell below global seawater values in the basins several million years before the Messinian Salinity Crisis, coinciding with tectonic uplift and basin shallowing. 87Sr/86Sr from more centrally located basins (away from the Mediterranean coast) drop below global seawater values only during the Messinian Salinity Crisis. In addition to this general trend, 55 new 87Sr/86Sr analyses from the astronomically tuned Lower Evaporites in the central Apennines (Italy) allow us to explore the effect of glacio-eustatic sea level and precipitation changes on 87Sr/86Sr. Most variation in our data can be explained by changes in sea level, with greatest negative excursions from global seawater values occurring during relative sea level lowstands, which generally coincided with arid conditions in the Mediterranean realm. We suggest that this greater sensitivity to lowered sea level compared with higher runoff could relate to the inverse relationship between Sr concentration and river discharge. Variations in the residence time of groundwater within the karst terrain of the circum-Mediterranean region during arid and wet phases may help to explain the single (robust) occurrence of a negative excursion during a sea level highstand, but this explanation remains speculative without more detailed paleoclimatic data for the region.

  1. The use of Pb, Sr, and Hg isotopes in Great Lakes precipitation as a tool for pollution source attribution

    The anthropogenic emission and subsequent deposition of heavy metals including mercury (Hg) and lead (Pb) present human health and environmental concerns. Although it is known that local and regional sources of these metals contribute to deposition in the Great Lakes region, it is difficult to trace emissions from point sources to impacted sites. Recent studies suggest that metal isotope ratios may be useful for distinguishing between and tracing source emissions. We measured Pb, strontium (Sr), and Hg isotope ratios in daily precipitation samples that were collected at seven sites across the Great Lakes region between 2003 and 2007. Lead isotope ratios (207Pb/206Pb = 0.8062 to 0.8554) suggest that Pb deposition was influenced by coal combustion and processing of Mississippi Valley-Type Pb ore deposits. Regional differences in Sr isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr = 0.70859 to 0.71155) are likely related to coal fly ash and soil dust. Mercury isotope ratios (δ202Hg = − 1.13 to 0.13‰) also varied among the sites, likely due to regional differences in coal isotopic composition, and fractionation occurring within industrial facilities and in the atmosphere. These data represent the first combined characterization of Pb, Sr, and Hg isotope ratios in precipitation collected across the Great Lakes region. We demonstrate the utility of multiple metal isotope ratios in parallel with traditional trace element multivariate statistical modeling to enable more complete pollution source attribution. - Highlights: • We measured Pb, Sr, and Hg isotopes in precipitation from the Great Lakes region. • Pb isotopes suggest that deposition was impacted by coal combustion and metal production. • Sr isotope ratios vary regionally, likely due to soil dust and coal fly ash. • Hg isotopes vary due to fractionation occurring within facilities and the atmosphere. • Isotope results support conclusions of previous trace element receptor modeling

  2. Initial Sr-isotope, dating and ancillary geochemical studies on kimberlite and associated inclusions

    The feasibility of dating the time of pipe intrusions by the Rb-Sr method was first considered. However, the main objective was to investigate the limitations imposed by Sr isotopic evidence (and ancillary elemental abundance data) on the nature and genesis of kimberlite. Measurements, mainly by mass spectroscopy, of K, Rb and Sr isotopic ratios were made on kimberlite whole rocks (16 samples), peridotite and eclogite nodules (12 samples), mineral concentrates from the above rock types, and phlogopite and diopside nodules (94 mica and other separates, mainly clinopyroxenes), pipe wall rocks (6 whole rocks and 5 separated muscovites) and ground waters (6 samples). Studies on phlogopite micas which occur in kimberlite groundmass and associated peridotite and eclogite inclusions suggest that valid ages for pipe emplacement may be obtained by the Rb-Sr isochron method. Phlogopite nodule samples give anomalous results due to radiogenic Sr retention. Results for the following pipes are reported: Wesselton, Du Toitspan, De Beers, Bultfontein and Monastery (mean age 86 plus minus 3 m.y.); Roberts Victor (127 plus minus 3 m.y., possibly less reliable); Swartruggens (147 plus minus 4 m.y.); Gross Brukkaros (84 m.y. - not considered reliable); Lashaine Volcano, Tanzania (270 m.y. - tentative, pre-emplacement date). Certain samples cannot be used for dating: nodular whole rocks and garnets because they are contaminated; kimberlite and clinopyroxenes because they are insufficiently enriched in radiogenic Sr. The granite-gneiss basement wall-rock of the Kimberley pipes has an age of 2 900 m.y. An interesting outcome of the age work is the postulated existence of phlogopite calcite in the mantle. Incomplete (partial) Sr-isotopic equilibration probably occured between constituent minerals

  3. Sr and Nd isotopic and trace element compositions of Quaternary volcanic centers of the southern Andes

    Isotopic compositions of samples from six Quaternary volcanoes located in the northern and southern extremities of the Southern Volcanic Zone (SVZ, 33-460S) of the Andes and from four centers in the Austral Volcanic Zone (AVZ, 49-540S) range for 87Sr/86Sr from 0.70280 to 0.70591 and for 143Nd/144Nd from 0.51314 to 0.51255. Basalts and basaltic andesites from three centers just north of the Chile Rise-Trench triple junction have 87Sr/86Sr, 143Nd/144Nd, La/Yb, Ba/La and Hf/Lu that lie within the relatively restricted ranges of the basic magmas erupted from the volcanic centers as far north as 350S in the SVZ of the Andes. The trace element and Sr and Nd isotopic characteristics of these magmas may be explained by source region contamination of subarc asthenosphere, with contaminants derived from subducted pelagic sediments and seawater-altered basalts by dehydration of subducted oceanic lithosphere. In the northern extremity of the SVZ between 330 and 340S, basaltic andesites and andesites have higher 87Sr/86Sr, Rb/Cs, and Hf/Lu, and lower 143Nd/144Nd than basalts and basaltic andesites erupted farther south in the SVZ, which suggests involvement of components derived from the continental crust. In the AVZ, the most primitive sample, high-Mg andesite from the southernmost volcanic center in the Andes (540S) has Sr and Nd isotopic compositions and K/Rb and Ba/La similar to MORB. The high La/Yb of this sample suggests formation by small degrees of partial melting of subducted MORB with garnet as a residue. Samples from centers farther north in the AVZ show a regionally regular northward increase in SiO2, K2O, Rb, Ba, Ba/La, and 87Sr/86Sr and decrease in MgO, Sr, K/Rb, Rb/Cs, and 143Nd/144Nd, suggesting increasingly greater degrees of fractional crystallization and associated intra-crustal contamination. (orig./SHOE)

  4. Rb-Sr isotopic and geochronological studies of the granitic rocks of Dalhousie area, Himachal Pradesh

    Rb-Sr isotopic and geochronological investigations have been carried out on the granitic rocks of Dalhousie area, Himachal Pradesh. The data give an isochron age of 316 ± 11 Ma with initial ratio of 87Sr/86Sr equal to 0.7698 ± 0.0041 based on nine samples of granitic rocks of inner or eastern band. The initial Sr ratio is quite high which indicates that the granitic rocks of inner or eastern band were formed by remobilization of older sialic rocks. The thickness of outer or western band varies from 120 m to 150 m, so it is not possible to obtain the isochron age. The data of outer or western granitic band give model ages ranging from 2045 Ma to 2158 Ma where as BN-2 and BN-3 provide model ages of 1686 Ma and 1845 Ma, respectively

  5. Rb-Sr isotope systematics in the magmatic rocks of the Oslo Rift

    Fifty-one different units of Oslo Rift magmatic rocks have been investigated by the Rb-Sr isotope method. Isochron ages obtained for all but three of the units vary between 295 Ma and 240 Ma. The ages from the southern segment of the rift are generally older than those from the northern segment, suggesting a northward migration of the magmatic activity time. 87Sr/86Sr initial ratios obtained for rhomb-porphyry lavas, larvikites and related rocks are compatible with a moderately LIL-depleted mantle source with a Rb/Sr ratio of about 0.04. Crustal contamination in magma chambers and/or during ascent to the surface is also demonstrated for these rocks. 72 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs

  6. Conservation of (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotopic ratios during the winemaking processes of 'Red' wines to validate their use as geographic tracer.

    Marchionni, Sara; Buccianti, Antonella; Bollati, Andrea; Braschi, Eleonora; Cifelli, Francesca; Molin, Paola; Parotto, Maurizio; Mattei, Massimo; Tommasini, Simone; Conticelli, Sandro

    2016-01-01

    (87)Sr/(86)Sr has been determined in wines, musts grape juices, soils and rocks from six selected vineyards of 'Cesanese' wine area. Cesanese is a monocultivar wine from a small region characterised by different geologic substrata, a key locality to test the influence of both substratum and winemaking procedure on the (87)Sr/(86)Sr of wines. Experimental work has been performed on wines from different vintage years to check possible seasonal variations. The data reveal that (87)Sr/(86)Sr does not change through time, to validate the selection of wineries performed, and in addition no isotopic variations are observed during winemaking. Indeed, no significant isotopic variations have been observed in musts and wines. These findings reinforce the hypothesis that the isotopic signature of wines is strongly related to the bioavailable fraction of the soil rather than to its bulk. The data corroborate the possibility that Sr-isotopes of high-quality wines can be used as a reliable tool for fingerprinting wine geographic provenance. PMID:26213038

  7. Sr, Ca, and C isotope systematic in small tropical catchments, La Selva, Costa Rica

    Wiegand, B. A.; Schwendenmann, L.

    2010-12-01

    Sr, Ca, and C isotopes were analyzed to assess sources and biogeochemical processes affecting surface and groundwater composition of four small catchments located at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. 87Sr/86Sr ratios were employed to quantify inputs from mineral weathering and atmospheric sources. δ13C values of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and δ44Ca values provide information on biological processes that affect water chemistry. Sr2+ and Ca2+ concentrations of surface and groundwater show large variations due to intermixture of bedrock groundwater with local groundwater [1]. Low 87Sr/86Sr ratios suggest weathering of volcanic rocks as the primary solute source in bedrock groundwater, while atmospheric and in situ weathering contributions are predominant in local groundwater. Contributions of bedrock groundwater constitute > 60 % in the Salto, Saltito and Arboleda catchments, whereas the Taconazo catchment receives atmospheric inputs of > 95 % in addition to local weathering contributions. Surface water and groundwater wells show δ13C-DOC values between -24 ‰ and -30 ‰ due to transfer of organic carbon from the soil zone. δ44Ca values of dissolved Ca2+ in surface and groundwater are considerably fractionated from the input sources rainwater and bedrock groundwater. Light δ44Ca values are preferentially distributed in stream water and shallow groundwater horizons and contrast with heavy Ca isotopes in deeper groundwater wells. Biological processes including plant uptake and decomposition in combination with cation exchange processes in the soils may explain the fractionation of Ca isotopes. [1]Genereux et al., 2009. Water Resour. Res, 45, W08413, doi:10.1029/2008WR007630

  8. Identifying mantle carbonatite metasomatism through Os-Sr-Mg isotopes in Tibetan ultrapotassic rocks

    Liu, Dong; Zhao, Zhidan; Zhu, Di-Cheng; Niu, Yaoling; Widom, Elisabeth; Teng, Fang-Zhen; DePaolo, Donald J.; Ke, Shan; Xu, Ji-Feng; Wang, Qing; Mo, Xuanxue

    2015-11-01

    Mantle-derived magmas at convergent plate boundaries provide unique insights into the nature of materials subducted to and recycled from depths. Here we present a study of Os-Sr-Mg isotopes on the Oligocene-Miocene ultrapotassic rocks aimed at better understanding sediment subduction and recycling beneath southern Tibet. New isotopic data confirm that ultrapotassic rocks in southern Tibet are of mantle origin, but underwent crustal contamination as evidenced by the variably high 187Os/188Os that obviously deviates from normal mantle reservoir. Still some samples with mantle-like 187Os/188Os exhibit δ26Mg significantly lower than mantle and crustal lithologies, suggesting that the isotopically light Mg may not result from crustal contamination but retain specific fingerprint of carbonate-related metasomatism in mantle sources. Mantle carbonatite metasomatism is manifested by the inverse δ26Mg-87Sr/86Sr correlations, as well as the depletion of high field strength elements relative to rare earth elements and the enrichment of CaO in ultrapotassic rocks. The positive co-variations between δ26Mg and Hf/Sm defined by those low-187Os/188Os ultrapotassic rocks provide evidence for the potential of recycled dolomites to modify mantle Mg isotopic composition. The correlated spatial variations of δ26Mg and Hf/Sm are interpreted to reflect carbonatitic metasomatism associated with the northward subduction of the Neo-Tethyan oceanic slab and its profound influence on postcollisional ultrapotassic magmatism.

  9. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd Isotopic Studies of Lunar Green and Orange Glasses

    Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Reese, Y.

    2012-01-01

    Lunar volcanic glassy beads have been considered as quenched basaltic magmas derived directly from deep lunar mantle during fire-fountaining eruptions [1]. Since these sub-mm size glassy melt droplets were cooled in a hot gaseous medium during free flight [2], they have not been subject to mineral fractionations. Thus, they represent primary magmas and are the best samples for the investigation of the lunar mantle. Previously, we presented preliminary Rb- Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic results for green and orange glassy samples from green glass clod 15426,63 and orange soil 74220,44, respectively [3]. Using these isotopic data, initial Sr-87/Sr-86 and Nd ratios for these pristine mare glass sources can be calculated from their respective crystallization ages previously determined by other age-dating techniques. These isotopic data were used to evaluate the mineralogy of the mantle sources. In this report, we analyzed additional glassy samples in order to further characterize isotopic signatures of their source regions. Also, we'll postulate a relationship between these two major mare basalt source mineralogies in the context of lunar magma ocean dynamics.

  10. Gamma-spectrometric determination of the sup 8 sup 9 Sr isotope half-life

    Popov, Y S; Markushin, M N; Kupriyanov, V N; Timofeev, G A

    2002-01-01

    Using the method of semiconductor [Ge(Li)-detector] gamma-spectroscopy by the results of measurements of 913 keV ( sup 8 sup 9 Sr) gamma-line intensity for 6000 h, using as internal reference the 661.7 keV ( sup 1 sup 3 sup 7 Cs) gamma-line, the value of sup 8 sup 9 Sr isotope half-life has been calculated, which proved to be 1208+-9 h or 50.34+-0.37 days. Error is provided for confidential probability P = 0.95

  11. Early solar system aqueous activity - Sr isotope evidence from the Orgueil CI meteorite

    Macdougall, J. D.; Lugmair, G. W.; Kerridge, J. F.

    1984-01-01

    The Sr isotopic composition and Rb-87/Sr-86 ratio have been measured in carbonates and sulfate separated from the Orgueil meteorite in order to determine the time when liquid water may have acted on the parent body. Both of the studied phases probably precipitated from aqueous solution. The results show that carbonate deposition occurred contemporaneously with parent body formation or shortly after it, probably within 100 Myr. On the other hand, at least some of the calcium sulfate seems to have been formed recently.

  12. Age and genesis of carbonatites of the Khibiny alkaline massif (Rb and Sr isotope data)

    Rubidium and strontium isotope composition in six rocks and seven carbonatite minerals of the Khibiny alkaline massif is studied, isochrone is constructed. The obtained data testify to carbonite pallial sources. Though 87Sr/86Sr primary ratio in carbonatites of the Khibiny massif significantly exceeds this value for rocks and apatite deposits of the Khibiny massif. Consanguinity and belonging of the carbonatites from the Khibiny massif to universal Paleozoic complex of ultrabasic-alkaline rocks including giant massifs of agpaitic nepheline syenites - Khibiny, Lovozero aged about 365 mln years is shown

  13. Sr and Nd isotopes of suspended sediments from rivers of the Amazon basin

    Hatting, Karina; Santos, Roberto V.; Sondag, Francis

    2014-05-01

    The Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic systems are important tools to constrain the provenance of sediment load in river systems. This study presents the isotopic composition of Sr and Nd isotopes and major and minor elements in suspended sediments from the Marañón-Solimões, Amazonas and Beni-Madeira rivers. The data were used to constrain the source region of the sediments and to better understand the main seasonal and spatial transport processes within the basin based on the variations of the chemical and isotopic signals. They also allow establishing a relationship between sediment concentrations and flow rate values. The study presents data collected during a hydrological year between 2009 and 2010. The Marañón-Solimões River presents low Sr isotopic values (0.7090-0.7186), broad EpslonNd(0) range (-15.17 to -8.09) and Nd model (TDM) ages varying from 0.99 to 1.81 Ga. Sources of sediments to the Marañón-Solimões River include recent volcanic rocks in northern Peru and Ecuador, as well as rocks with long crustal residence time and carbonates from the Marañón Basin, Peru. The Beni-Madeira River has more radiogenic Sr isotope values (0.7255-0.7403), more negative EpslonNd(0) values (-20.46 to -10.47), and older Nd isotope model ages (from 1.40 to 2.35 Ga) when compared to the Marañón-Solimões River. These isotope data were related to the erosion of Paleozoic and Cenozoic foreland basins that are filled with Precambrian sediments derived from the Amazonian Craton. These basins are located in Bolivian Subandina Zone. The Amazon River presents intermediate isotopic values when compared to those found in the Marañón-Solimões and Beni-Madeira rivers. Its Sr isotope ratios range between 0.7193 and 0.7290, and its EpslonNd(0) values varies between -11.09 and -9.51. The Nd isotope model ages of the suspended sediments vary between 1.28 and 1.77 Ga. Concentrations of soluble and insoluble elements indicate a more intense weathering activity in sediments of the Beni

  14. NGRI LAM-MC-ICPMS National Facility: reproducibility of Sr, Nd and Hf isotopic measurements

    A laboratory facility was established at the NGRI, primarily to support research in Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology. Central to this facility are a Multiple Collector-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICPMS: Nu Plasma HR, Nu Instruments, UK) and a 213 nm Nd-YAG UV Laser Ablation Microprobe (LAM: UP-213, New Wave Research, USA) and a clean chemistry laboratory for dissolution and chromatographic extraction of a range of elements. This article presents a summary of the accuracy and precision of MC-ICPMS Sr, Nd and Hf isotopic measurements (solution mode) on Standard Reference Materials: SRM-987, JNdi and JMC-475 respectively, measured between October 2007 and August 2009

  15. Petrogenesis of Miocene alkaline volcanic suites from western Bohemia. Whole rock geochemistry and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic signatures.

    Ulrych, Jaromír; Krmíček, Lukáš; Tomek, Č.; Lloyd, F. E.; Ladenberger, A.; Ackerman, Lukáš; Balogh, K.

    2106-01-01

    Roč. 76, č. 1 (2106), s. 77-93. ISSN 0009-2819 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Bohemian Massif * Cenozoic alkaline volcanism * Geochemistry * K-Ar ages * Sr-Nd-Pb isotopes Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry

  16. Provenance of sedimentary kaolin deposits in Egypt: Evidences from the Pb, Sr and Nd isotopes

    Baioumy, Hassan

    2014-12-01

    This work reports, for the first time, the Pb, Sr and Nd isotopes of the clay fractions (kaolin deposits in Egypt of different ages (Carboniferous and lower Cretaceous), localities (Sinai, Red Sea and Aswan), lithologies (flint and plastic) and clay minerals composition (pure kaolinite and mixture of kaolinite, illite and chlorite) to determine their source area compositions and examine the effect of provenance on their isotopic compositions. Measured (present day) and age-corrected Pb isotopes data (100 and 300 My for the Cretaceous and Carboniferous deposits, respectively) are more or less homogeneous in all deposits regardless of their ages, localities, and compositions. This, therefore, suggests that the Pb isotopes cannot be used as a tracer for source area compositions of these kaolin deposits. On the other hand, the studied kaolin deposits show variations in their measured and age-corrected Sr and Nd isotopes regarding to their ages and compositions. The Carboniferous illite-rich kaolin deposits in the Khaboba and Hasbar areas, Sinai have higher measured and age-corrected 87Sr/86Sr ratios (average of 0.715742 and 0.711156 for measured and age-corrected, respectively) compared to the non-illitic Carboniferous deposit at Abu Natash area (average of 0.70772 and 0.70769 for measured and age-corrected, respectively) and the lower Cretaceous deposits in all areas (average of 0.70827 and 0.70821 for measured and age-corrected, respectively). The Carboniferous kaolin deposits in the Khaboba and Hasbar areas also have lower 143Nd/144Nd ratios (average of 0.51206 and 0.51180 for measured and age-corrected, respectively) compared to the Carboniferous Abu Natash deposit (average of 0.51253 and 0.51231 for measured and age-corrected, respectively) as well as the lower Cretaceous deposits in all areas (average of 0.51248 and 0.51239 for measured and age-corrected, respectively). Initial εNd values are negative in the Carboniferous kaolin deposits in the Khaboba and

  17. Geographical variations in Sr and Nd isotopic ratios of cryoconite on Asian glaciers

    Cryoconite is a dark-coloured surface dust deposited on glaciers that consists of wind-blown mineral particles, as well as organic matter derived from microbes living on glaciers. In this paper, we analyse the Sr and Nd isotopic ratios of four mineral fractions (i.e., the saline, carbonate, phosphate, and silicate mineral fractions), as well as the organic fraction, of cryoconite samples obtained from six Asian glaciers (the Altai, Pamir, Tien Shan, Qillian Shan, and Himalayan regions), and discuss their geographical variations in terms of the geological origins of the mineral particles and the biogeochemical processes on the glaciers. The silicate mineral fraction showed lower Sr and higher Nd ratios for the glaciers located to the north (Altai, 87Sr/86Sr: 0.713 490–0.715 284, εNd(0): −6.4 to −5.6), while higher Sr and lower Nd ratios for the glaciers located to the south (Himalayas, 87Sr/86Sr: 0.740 121–0.742 088, εNd(0): −16.4 to −15.7); the ratios were similar to those of desert sand, loess, and river sediments in the respective regions of the glaciers. This result suggests that the silicate minerals within the cryoconites were derived from different sources depending on the geographical locations of the glaciers. The isotopic ratios of the saline, carbonate, and phosphate mineral fractions were distinct from those of the silicate fraction, and were similar to those of evaporites and apatite deposits from the Asian deserts, but also varied geographically, indicating that they are likely to reflect their geological origin. The Sr isotopic ratios of the organic fraction were similar to those of the saline and carbonate fractions from glaciers in the central area (Tien Shan and Qillian Shan), but were higher than those of the saline and carbonate fractions, and lower than the phosphate mineral fraction, in the northern and southern areas. The ratios of organic fraction may be determined from the mixing ratio of calcium sources incorporated by

  18. Penning trap mass spectrometry of neutron-deficient Rb- and Sr-isotopes

    We present a mass spectrometer for radioactive nuclei. The principle of measurement is the confinement of the ions in a penning trap and the subsequent determination of their cyclotron frequency νc which is inversely proportional to the mass. The resolution of the method is approximately 106, the achieved accuracy in mass determination 10-7. We present some results from our survey of light Rb- and Sr-isotopes. 3 figs., 8 refs. (author)

  19. Accurate determination of the 235U isotope abundance by gamma spectrometry

    The purpose of this manual is to serve as guide in applications of the Certified Reference Material EC-NRM-171/NBS-SRM-969 for accurate U-235 isotope abundance measurements on bulk uranium samples by means of gamma spectrometry. The manual provides a thorough description of this non-destructive assay technique. Crucial measurement parameters affecting the accuracy of the gamma-spectrometric U-235 isotope abundance determination are discussed in detail and, whereever possible, evaluated quantitatively. The correction terms and tolerance limits given refer both to physical and chemical properties of the samples under assay and to relevant parameters of typical measurement systems such as counting geometry, signal processing, data evaluation and calibration. (orig.)

  20. Sr isotopic features of the ophiolitic rocks in the Kamuikotan Zone, Hokkaido

    Rb and Sr contents and Sr isotopic ratios were determined for the ophiolitic rocks in the Kamuikotan Zone, Hokkaido. The initial ratios of these rocks are as follows; Sorachi Group basic rocks (0.7019 - 0.7045), ultrabasic rocks (dunite, harzburgite and serpentinite) (0.7069 - 0.7113), olivine clinopyroxenites (0.7037 - 0.7103), microdiorites (0.7039 - 0.7054), rodingite (0.7038), quartz albitite (0.7048), amphibolitic rocks (0.7032 - 0.7053), and trondhjemites (0.7028 - 0.7052). The genertical relationship between the Sorachi Group basic rocks and the associated ultrabasic rocks can be explained by considering them as the complementary products formed by partial melting of certain lherzolitic mantle material, which is composed of various minerals with different Sr contents and Sr isotopic ratios. It seems plausible to consider that the dike rocks such as olivine clinopyroxenite, microdiorite and gabbroic pegmatite were formed from the liquids trapped within the hot residual mantle diapir. (author)

  1. Musa's granite and Rio Maria's granodiorite Rb/Sr isotopic ages and geochemistry

    The Musa Granite and the Rio Maria Granodiorite are located at the eastern margin of the Amazonian craton, in the Rio Maria region, where a typical granite-greenstone terrain is characterized. Rb-Sr dating of six samples from different facies of Rio Maria Granodiorite furnished an age of 2564 ± 68 Ma with initial 87Sr/86Sr radio (IR) of 0.70288 ± 0.00092 (whole rock isochron; 1 ο error; MSWD = 2.26). Thirteen samples from the three facies of Musa Granite (monzogranites, syenogranites and intermediate to felsic hypabyssal rocks) gave Rb-Sr whole rock isochron with an age of 1692 ± 11 Ma and IR of 0.70777 ± 0.00023 (1 ο error, MSWD = 1.89). A preliminary attempt to individualize geochronologically the three facies was done resulting different ages and IRs. There is a coincidence between these ages and the emplacement sequence of these facies of the pluton. The actual meaning of the Rio Maria Granodiorite Rb-Sr age is still uncertain. It could be related to the end of the magmatic crystallization of the batholith as well as to the metamorphic-mylonitic event that affect it. Considering that the Jamon and Musa Granites are petrologically similar that they occur in the same area, it is interesting to note that latter is apparently a little older than the former. The IRs obtained for the two plutons are also not coincident. The isotopic Rb-Sr available data show that the exposed rocks of the Rio Maria Granodiorite have not been able to generate magmas with the compositions of the monzongranitic and the hypabyssal facies of the Musa pluton. On the other hand, rocks isotopically similar to the Rio Maria Granodiorite would theorically be able to generate the Jamon and a magma with the characteristics of the syenogranitic facies of the Musa pluton. (author)

  2. Determination of plutonium, uranium and americium/curium isotopes in environmental samples with anion exchange, UTEVA, Sr and DGA resin

    This study presents a quantitative sequential radiochemical separation method for the Pu, U, Sr and Am/Cm isotopes with an anion exchange resin, UTEVA resin, Sr resin and DGA resin in environmental samples. After the radionuclides were leached from samples with 8M HNO3, the Pu, U, Sr and Am/Cm isotopes were sequentially adsorbed on the anion exchange column, UTEVA column connected with Sr Spec column and DGA column. The Pu isotopes were purified from other nuclides through the anion exchange column, and the uranium isotopes were separated from other nuclides through the UTEVA column. Also, 90Sr was separated from other hindrance elements such as Ca2+, Ba2+ and Y3+ with the Sr Spec column. Finally, Am/Cm fractions were purified with the DGA and anion exchange resins. After α source preparation for the purified Pu, U and Am/Cm isotopes with the micro-coprecipitation method, the Pu, U and Am/Cm isotopes were measured by an alpha spectrometry. Strontium-90 was measured by a low level liquid scintillation counter. The radiochemical procedure for Pu, U and Am nuclides investigated in this study has been validated by application to IAEA Reference soils. (orig.)

  3. Sr and Nd Isotopic and Geochemical Analysis of the Vanda Dike Swarm, Antarctica

    Bray, B.; Harpp, K. S.; Geist, D.; Garcia, M. O.; Swarr, G. J.; Garman, K. A.; Buck, S. A.; Parcheta, C. E.; Matulaitis, I.

    2009-12-01

    The Vanda dike swarm, in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, crosscuts synorogenic Cambro-Ordovician granitoid plutons produced during the Ross Orogeny, circa 500 Ma. The emplacement of the dikes broadly coincides with the transition between the cessation of subduction and the onset of extensional magmatism. Recent fieldwork included field documentation of over 600 dikes, with subsequent whole rock major and trace element analysis and Sr and Nd isotopic analyses of a representative subset. Although originally characterized as being compositionally bimodal, the compositions of the dikes range continuously from 48% to 78% SiO2. New radiogenic isotopic data from 24 samples exhibit a surprisingly wide range of ɛNd and 87Sr/86Sri values; the bulk of the samples have an age-corrected ɛNd from -12.7 to -3.0, however a subset of four of the dikes (both mafic and felsic) have ɛNd values ranging from +2.1 to 8.0. The 87Sr/86Sri ratios vary from 0.7085 to 0.7118. Notably, there is significant overlap between the isotopic signatures of the mafic and felsic rocks and no strong correlation between ɛNd and 87Sr/86Sri. Likewise, there is no correlation between either isotopic ratio and SiO2. These variations indicate that the Vanda dikes may be derived from compositionally heterogeneous sources. Additionally, Nd model ages (τDM) of the felsic dikes yield an average of ~900 Ma, suggesting derivation from a Neoproterozoic crustal source. The Vanda dike samples’ 87Sr/86Sri overlap with the high end of the range defined by the youngest plutons in the region emplaced during the Ross Orogeny (adakitic DV1b, monzonitic DV2; Cox et al., 2000). Similarly, ɛNd values of the Vanda samples most closely resemble those of the DV1b and DV2 plutons, but also extend to significantly more negative and more positive values. None of the isotopic signatures of the dikes are similar to those of the older, orogenic granites in the region (DV1a), which have lower 87Sr/86Sri averages than both the

  4. Rb-Sr Isotopic Systematics of Felsic Igneous Rocks, Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma

    Min, K.; Gilbert, M. C.

    2001-12-01

    Recently determined Rb-Sr isotopic characteristics of twelve of the recognized felsic units of the Cambrian Southern Oklahoma Aulacogen, which crop out in the Wichita Mountains of the southwestern Oklahoma, give some clues to the petrogenesis of these felsic units. 1) Plots of 87Rb/86Sr vs. 87Sr/86Sr form subsets yielding dates of 516 Ma and 522 Ma, discrepancies of about 10 to 20 Ma from the U-Pb zircon age for the Mount Scott Granite of 534 Ma, probably attributable to a systematic loss of radiogenic 87Sr for these units. 2) The Mount Scott Granite and related units (n=7) including Medicine Park Granite and Saddle Mountain Granite give a probable pseudoisochron of 516\\pm4{}Ma and an initial 87Sr/86Sr of 0.7045\\pm4{}, indicating derivation from a primitive mantle source with little crustal contamination. 3) A well-regressed line of 522\\pm2{} Ma with an initial 87Sr/86Sr of 0.7059\\pm7{} is shown by the Long Mountain Granite (n=3), one of the finer-grained western granites, and the Fort Sill Section of the Carlton Rhyolite (n=2) in the eastern Wichitas, which indicates that both were possibly derived contemporaneously from a mixed crustal-mantle source. 4) The Lugert Granite of the western Wichitas has variable and relatively high 87Sr/86Sr initials at 516 Ma probably indicating heterogeneous crustal sources. Interpretation of these data can be made with the following scenario: The earliest known felsic unit is the Carlton Rhyolite, Fort Sill Section. This must have been generated mostly from crustal melting around large mafic plutons in the mid- to lower crust. Crustal melting around the mafic plutons continued to generate liquids rising to the emplacement position, e.g., Long Mountain Granite. Following this, the host magma for the Mount Scott set of units originated dominantly by fractional crystallization from the mafic plutons. Subsequently, additional mafic magma must have moved into the lower- to mid-crust, at some other stratigraphic level, melting a

  5. Development of a rapid method to determine SR-isotopes and its application for the analysis of 90Sr in milk

    A rapid method was developed to determine radioactive Strontium isotopes in environmental samples after a nuclear fallout which is based on precipitation and extraction chromatography of Strontium. By this method 90Sr and 89Sr are determined, after separation, by liquid scintillation spectroscopy. The method was applied to determine the activity of 90Sr in milk samples in Austria in 1997 which is only achievable by the very low detection limit of 0.01Bq/l 90Sr in fresh milk. Furthermore, the variation of the ratio 90Sr / 137Cs in milk in Austria in dependence of the 137Cs concentration in milk in 1997 and thus the 137Cs deposition is given and the reasons for this distribution are discussed. (orig.)

  6. Final Progress Report: Isotope Identification Algorithm for Rapid and Accurate Determination of Radioisotopes Feasibility Study

    Rawool-Sullivan, Mohini [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bounds, John Alan [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Brumby, Steven P. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Prasad, Lakshman [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sullivan, John P. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-04-30

    This is the final report of the project titled, 'Isotope Identification Algorithm for Rapid and Accurate Determination of Radioisotopes,' PMIS project number LA10-HUMANID-PD03. The goal of the work was to demonstrate principles of emulating a human analysis approach towards the data collected using radiation isotope identification devices (RIIDs). It summarizes work performed over the FY10 time period. The goal of the work was to demonstrate principles of emulating a human analysis approach towards the data collected using radiation isotope identification devices (RIIDs). Human analysts begin analyzing a spectrum based on features in the spectrum - lines and shapes that are present in a given spectrum. The proposed work was to carry out a feasibility study that will pick out all gamma ray peaks and other features such as Compton edges, bremsstrahlung, presence/absence of shielding and presence of neutrons and escape peaks. Ultimately success of this feasibility study will allow us to collectively explain identified features and form a realistic scenario that produced a given spectrum in the future. We wanted to develop and demonstrate machine learning algorithms that will qualitatively enhance the automated identification capabilities of portable radiological sensors that are currently being used in the field.

  7. Extreme heterogeneity in Sr isotope systematic in the Himalayan leucogranites: A possible mechanism of partial melting based on thermal modeling

    Dilip K Mukhopadhyay

    2001-06-01

    The small leucogranite plutons occurring in linear belts in the Higher Himalayas have formed due to post-collision partial melting within the Himalayan crust. Several studies have documented that the Sr isotopic ratios in the granite bodies show chaotic variation and meaningful Rb-Sr isochron ages are difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. In tectonically overthickened crust, the depth-temperature profile (geotherm) remains strongly transient for the first tens of millions of years. It is proposed here that the intersecting relations between the transient geotherms and activity-dependent solidus/melting curves may generate small pods of magma at di erent depths and at di erent times. Each of these pods will have its unique Sr isotopic ratios. Coalescence of these small pods of magma without any e ective homogenization due to deformation-induced fast segregation, ascent and emplacement may lead to pluton-wide extreme heterogeneity in Sr isotopic ratios.

  8. Deciphering fluid sources of hydrothermal systems: A combined Sr- and S-isotope study on barite (Schwarzwald, SW Germany)

    Staude, S.; Gob, S.; Pfaff, K.; Strobele, F.; Premo, W.R.; Markl, G.

    2011-01-01

    Primary and secondary barites from hydrothermal mineralizations in SW Germany were investigated, for the first time, by a combination of strontium (Sr) isotope systematics (87Sr/86Sr), Sr contents and δ34S values to distinguish fluid sources and precipitation mechanisms responsible for their formation. Barite of Permian age derived its Sr solely from crystalline basement rocks, whereas all younger barite also incorporate Sr from formation waters of the overlying sediments. In fact, most of the Sr in younger barite is leached from Lower and Middle Triassic sediments. In contrast, most of the sulfur (S) of Permian, Jurassic and northern Schwarzwald Miocene barite originated from basement rocks. The S source of Upper Rhinegraben (URG)-related Paleogene barite differs depending on geographic position: for veins of the southern URG, it is the Oligocene evaporitic sequence, while central URG mineralizations derived its S from Middle Triassic evaporites. Using Sr isotopes of barite of known age combined with estimates on the Sr contents and Sr isotopic ratios of the fluids' source rocks, we were able to quantify mixing ratios of basement-derived fluids and sedimentary formation waters for the first time. These calculations show that Jurassic barite formed by mixing of 75–95% ascending basement-derived fluids with 5–25% sedimentary formation water, but that only 20–55% of the Sr was brought by the basement-derived fluid to the depositional site. Miocene barite formed by mixing of an ascending basement-derived brine (60–70%) with 30–40% sedimentary formation waters. In this case, only 8–15% of the Sr was derived from the deep brine. This fluid-mixing calculation is an example for deposits in which the fluid source is known. This method applied to a greater number of deposits formed at different times and in various geological settings may shed light on more general causes of fluid movement in the Earth's crust and on the formation of hydrothermal ore deposits.

  9. Tracking selenium behaviour in chalk aquifer (northern France): Sr and 34S-sulphates isotopes constraints.

    Cary, Lise; Benabderraziq, Hind; Elkhattabi, Jamal; Parmentier, Marc; Gourcy, Laurence; Négrel, Philippe

    2014-05-01

    Groundwaters in parts of the Paris Basin (France) are facing increasing selenium (Se) contents that can exceed the drinking water limit of 10 μg/L according to the European Framework Directive in the field of water policy (2000/60/EC). To better understand the groundwater origins and the selenium dynamics, the water chemistry of the Chalk aquifer supplying drinkable water to Lille city was studied. This area is submitted to quantitative and qualitative pressure from industrial, urban and agriculture origins. An integrated study was settled to determine the water sources and dynamics of elements, with a focus on Se. After a large chemical characterisation of the groundwater chemistry in the four field wells, a monthly monitoring was held in four wells and in the Deûle channel. Chemical analysis of major and trace elements, stable isotopes (δ18O, δ2H), strontium isotopes, and δ34S and δ18O of sulphates were realised. The chemical composition of solids sampled at various depths at vicinity of the four wells was also analysed. The specific geochemical signature of groundwater as revealed by Sr isotopes, in addition to element concentrations ratios like Mg/Sr and Se/Sr, highlighted mixture of three main groundwaters bodies: (1) the upstream groundwaters in the recharge area with the most radiogenic 87Sr/86Sr isotopic signature; (2) the confined groundwaters with high Sr concentrations due to water-rock interactions and the lowest 87Sr/86Sr isotopic signature close to the one of the chalk in Paris and London basins; (3) the Se-rich formations of Tertiary and Quaternary. The contents of Se, mainly present as SeV I (and locally as SeIV ), displayed spatial and temporal disparities that can be explained by geological and hydrogeological conditions. Se-rich clayed sediments originating from the dismantling of Se-rich tertiary formations (i.e. Ypresian) overlay the chalk formation and can be found in saturated conditions depending of the water table level. Oxidation of

  10. Dissolved constituents and Sr isotopes in river waters from a mountainous island - The Danshuei drainage system in northern Taiwan

    Taiwan is a typical active orogenic belt situated at the collision boundary between the Eurasian Continental Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate. Dissolved major and trace constituents, as well as Sr and Sr isotopes in river waters collected from the Danshuei River basin in northern Taiwan have been studied to evaluate chemical weathering processes. The results of principal component analysis show that the ion sources in these river waters can be categorized into 3 major components: chemical weathering, seasalt contribution and local anthropogenic input. The chemical weathering is the most dominant factor that contributes about 85% of total variances. Significantly increased Na/Cl and Ca/Cl, as well 87Sr/86Sr, were observed in most upper stream samples. The Na/Cl and Ca/Cl ratios in the Dahan Stream, however, are much higher than the Shindien Stream. Even though average rainfall is stronger in the Shindien drainage basin, chemical evidence from river waters supports less intense weathering in the region. Selective dissolution of secondary calcites explains the observed high Ca/Cl, Sr/Cl and Ca/Na in the Dahan Stream. These results highlight the potential importance of tectonic factors, such as uplift and physical erosion in studying chemical weathering in an active orogenic belt. The variations of 87Sr/86Sr in the Danshuei River are quite large, reflecting some strata that released Sr. Most of the upstream waters exhibit more radiogenic 87Sr/86Sr, 0.713243-0.714338, due to weathering of ambient low-grade metamorphic rocks, 0.71678-0.72216. The distributions of Cl, Sr and 87Sr/86Sr in the main stream were affected by somewhat conservative mixing with sources varing between ambient rocks and seasalt. In the upper Dahan Stream, heavy 87Sr/86Sr ratios were coincident with large deviations of Na/Cl from the average seawater value, as high as 40. The degree of chemical weathering in ambient rocks plays a dominant role in affecting the distribution of Sr and 87Sr/86Sr in

  11. Artificial (Pu 90Sr, 241Am) and natural (U) isotopes in human bones from Poland

    In two papers we have presented results if analyses of artificial isotopes (238,239,240Pu, 241Am and 90Sr) content in human bones, using samples collected during hip joint replacement surgery. Since the patients were members of general population (not exposed in any particular form to artificial radionuclides) results can be treated as current background level for Poland and perhaps also whole central Europe. During this project the open question appeared - what is the level in human bones of natural alpha emitters like 238U-, 234U, for instance. Therefore about 30 human hip joint bone samples are being now analysed for the presence of uranium along with mentioned above artificial radionuclides. Samples are ashen and sequential radiochemical analyse is applied for separation of Pu, Sr and Am isotopes followed by separation of uranium using anion exchange resin. Measurements of plutonium, americium and uranium are performed using alpha spectrometry. That for 90Sr is done by LSC. Results will be presented during conference. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  12. Accurate determination and certification of bromine in plastic by isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

    Highlights: • Accurate analytical method of Br in plastic was studied by isotope dilution ICPMS. • A microwave acid digestion using quartz vessel was suitable for Br analysis. • Sample dilution by NH3 solution could remove memory effect for ICPMS measurement. • The analytical result of the ID-ICPMS showed consistency with that of INAA. • The ID-ICPMS developed could apply to certification of Br in candidate plastic CRM. - Abstract: The accurate analytical method of bromine (Br) in plastic was developed by an isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ID-ICPMS). The figures of merit of microwave acid digestion procedures using polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or quartz vessels were studied and the latter one was suitable for Br analysis since its material was free from Br contamination. The sample dilution procedures using Milli-Q water or ammonium (NH3) solution were also studied to remove memory effect for ICPMS measurement. Although severe memory effect was observed on Milli-Q water dilution, NH3 solution could remove it successfully. The accuracy of the ID-ICPMS was validated by a certified reference material (CRM) as well as the comparison with the analytical result obtained by an instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) as different analytical method. From these results, the ID-ICPMS developed in the present study could be evaluated as accurate analytical method of Br in plastic materials and it could apply to certification of Br in candidate plastic CRM with respect to such regulations related to RoHS (restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronics equipment) directive

  13. Accurate determination and certification of bromine in plastic by isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

    Ohata, Masaki, E-mail: m-oohata@aist.go.jp; Miura, Tsutomu

    2014-07-21

    Highlights: • Accurate analytical method of Br in plastic was studied by isotope dilution ICPMS. • A microwave acid digestion using quartz vessel was suitable for Br analysis. • Sample dilution by NH{sub 3} solution could remove memory effect for ICPMS measurement. • The analytical result of the ID-ICPMS showed consistency with that of INAA. • The ID-ICPMS developed could apply to certification of Br in candidate plastic CRM. - Abstract: The accurate analytical method of bromine (Br) in plastic was developed by an isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ID-ICPMS). The figures of merit of microwave acid digestion procedures using polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or quartz vessels were studied and the latter one was suitable for Br analysis since its material was free from Br contamination. The sample dilution procedures using Milli-Q water or ammonium (NH{sub 3}) solution were also studied to remove memory effect for ICPMS measurement. Although severe memory effect was observed on Milli-Q water dilution, NH{sub 3} solution could remove it successfully. The accuracy of the ID-ICPMS was validated by a certified reference material (CRM) as well as the comparison with the analytical result obtained by an instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) as different analytical method. From these results, the ID-ICPMS developed in the present study could be evaluated as accurate analytical method of Br in plastic materials and it could apply to certification of Br in candidate plastic CRM with respect to such regulations related to RoHS (restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronics equipment) directive.

  14. U-Sr isotopic speedometer: Fluid flow and chemical weatheringrates inaquifers

    Maher, Kate; DePaolo, Donald J.; Christensen, John N.

    2005-12-27

    Both chemical weathering rates and fluid flow are difficultto measure in natural systems. However, these parameters are critical forunderstanding the hydrochemical evolution of aquifers, predicting thefate and transport of contaminants, and for water resources/water qualityconsiderations. 87Sr/86Sr and (234U/238U) activity ratios are sensitiveindicators of water-rock interaction, and thus provide a means ofquantifying both flow and reactivity. The 87Sr/86Sr values in groundwaters are controlled by the ratio of the dissolution rate to the flowrate. Similarly, the (234U/238U) ratio of natural ground waters is abalance between the flow rate and the dissolution of solids, andalpha-recoil loss of 234U from the solids. By coupling these two isotopesystems it is possible to constrain both the long-term (ca. 100's to1000's of years) flow rate and bulk dissolution rate along the flow path.Previous estimates of the ratio of the dissolution rate to theinfiltration flux from Sr isotopes (87Sr/86Sr) are combined with a modelfor (234U/238U) to constrain the infiltration flux and dissolution ratefor a 70-m deep vadose zone core from Hanford, Washington. The coupledmodel for both (234U/238U) ratios and the 87Sr/86Sr data suggests aninfiltration flux of 5+-2 mm/yr, and bulk silicate dissolution ratesbetween 10-15.7 and 10-16.5 mol/m2/s. The process of alpha-recoilenrichment, while primarily responsible for the observed variation in(234U/238U) of natural systems, is difficult to quantify. However, therate of this process in natural systems affects the interpretation ofmost U-series data. Models for quantifying the alpha-recoil loss fractionbased on geometric predictions, surface area constraints, and chemicalmethods are also presented. The agreement between the chemical andtheoretical methods, such as direct measurement of (234U/238U) of thesmall grain size fraction and geometric calculations for that sizefraction, is quite good.

  15. Multi-isotopic (Li, B, Sr, Nd) approach for geothermal reservoir characterization in the Limagne Basin (Massif Central, France)

    A multi-isotopic study of thermo-mineral waters from the Limagne Basin (French Massif Central) is reported. Lithium, B, Sr and Nd isotopic signatures in thermo-mineral waters and bedrocks were combined in order to determine the origin of these fluids from a reservoir point of view. Strontium and Nd isotopic systems showed that the thermo-mineral waters are mostly derived from a granitic reservoir type, with the exception of a few water samples having Sr and Nd isotopic signatures also reflecting a volcanic contribution (basalts). In a second step, Li and B isotopes were investigated, given that Li and B isotopic systematics are potentially affected by mass dependent fractionation during water/rock interaction and could provide some information on what takes place during this process. A great diversity of thermo-mineral waters within the Aigueperse area was clearly observed, which is directly related to the origin of these thermal waters in terms of reservoirs. These different geothermal reservoirs are characterized by different geological settings and intensity of water/rock interaction (i.e. depth and temperature). The combination of Li, B, Sr and Nd isotopic systems highlight the complexity of the study of these geothermal reservoirs and that the use of only one isotopic tool could lead to an incomplete interpretation of the origin of water. The new approach using Li isotopes shows a very interesting potential with additional information on the intensity of water/rock interaction

  16. Palaeoenvironmental Changes of the Ancient Nihewan Lake Area—Sr Isotope Evidence from Xiaodukou Foraminifera

    王世杰

    1996-01-01

    By using the improved trace(50μg) Sr isotope analytical method the 87Sr/86Sr ratios of Xiaodukou foraminifera fossils were measured,giving a range of 0.71105-0.71274,apparently higher than the value of contemporaneous seawater(0.709087-0.709147)and also slightly higher than the average value of modern Yellow River(0.7111),demonstrating that the contemporaneous environment where Xiaodukou foraminifera inhabited was an inland lake.Detailed analyses of △ Sr values showed that there occurred an event responsible for environmental changes in the ancient Nihewan Lake area during the time(about 1.0Ma ago)when Xiaodukou foraminifera appeared.Because of strong evaporation the salinity of the lake would increase and a regional salt-water of brackish-water lacustrine environment would be produced,thus providing a suitable and inhabitable environment for foraminiferae.It is concluded that Xiaodukou foraminiferal fossil assemblaes belong to non-marine foraminiferal species.

  17. Precision frequency measurement of 1S0–3P1 intercombination lines of Sr isotopes

    We report on frequency measurement of the intercombination (5s2)1S0–(5s5p)3P1 transition of the four natural isotopes of strontium, including 88Sr (82.58%), 87Sr (7.0%), 86Sr (9.86%), and 84Sr (0.56%). A narrow-linewidth laser that is locked to an ultra-low expansion (ULE) optical cavity with a finesse of 12000 is evaluated at a linewidth of 200 Hz with a fractional frequency drift of 2.8×10−13 at an integration time of 1 s. The fluorescence collector and detector are specially designed, based on a thermal atomic beam. Using a double-pass acousto-optic modulator (AOM) combined with a fiber and laser power stabilization configuration to detune the laser frequency enables high signal-to-noise ratios and precision saturated spectra to be obtained for the six transition lines, which allows us to determine the transition frequency precisely. The optical frequency is measured using an optical frequency synthesizer referenced to an H maser. Both the statistical values and the final values, including the corrections and uncertainties, are derived for a comparison with the values given in other works. (paper)

  18. Modelling the Phanerozoic carbon cycle and climate: constraints from the 87Sr/86Sr isotopic ratio of seawater

    Francois, L. M.; Walker, J. C.

    1992-01-01

    A numerical model describing the coupled evolution of the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and strontium has been developed to describe the long-term changes of atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate during the Phanerozoic. The emphasis is on the effects of coupling the cycles of carbon and strontium. Various interpretations of the observed Phanerozoic history of the seawater 87Sr/86Sr ratio are investigated with the model. More specifically, the abilities of continental weathering, volcanism, and surface lithology in generating that signal are tested and compared. It is suggested that the observed fluctuations are mostly due to a changing weatherability over time. It is shown that such a conclusion is very important for the modelling of the carbon cycle. Indeed, it implies that the conventional belief that the evolution of atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate on a long time scale is governed by the balance between the volcanic input of CO2 and the rate of silicate weathering is not true. Rather carbon exchanges between the mantle and the exogenic system are likely to have played a key role too. Further, the increase of the global weathering rates with increasing surface temperature and/or atmospheric CO2 pressure usually postulated in long-term carbon cycle and climate modelling is also inconsistent with the new model. Other factors appear to have modulated the weatherability of the continents through time, such as mountain building and the existence of glaciers and ice sheets. Based on these observations, a history of atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate during Phanerozoic time, consistent with the strontium isotopic data, is reconstructed with the model and is shown to be compatible with paleoclimatic indicators, such as the timing of glaciation and the estimates of Cretaceous paleotemperatures.

  19. Determination of Sr and Ca sources in small tropical catchments (La Selva, Costa Rica) - A comparison of Sr and Ca isotopes

    Wiegand, B. A.; Schwendenmann, L.

    2013-04-01

    SummaryA comparative study of Sr and Ca isotopes was conducted to assess solute sources and effects of biogeochemical processes on surface water and groundwater in four small tropical catchments located at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Variable concentrations of dissolved Sr2+ and Ca2+ in the catchments are related to mixing of waters from different origin. Three catchments are influenced by high-solute bedrock groundwater, while another catchment is primarily supplied by local recharge. 87Sr/86Sr ratios were employed to discriminate contributions from mineral weathering and atmospheric sources. Solutes in bedrock groundwater have a predominant geogenic origin, whereas local recharge is characterized by low-solute inputs from rainwater and minor in situ weathering releases from nutrient-depleted soils. Bedrock groundwater contributes more than 60% of dissolved Sr2+ to surface discharge in the Salto, Saltito, and Arboleda catchments, whereas the Taconazo catchment receives more than 95% of dissolved Sr2+ from rainwater. δ44/40Ca values of dissolved Ca2+ vary greatly in the catchments, mainly as a result of heterogeneous Ca isotope compositions of the contributing sources. Based on differences in δ44/40Ca values, two distinct bedrock groundwaters discharging at the Salto and the Arboleda catchments are suggested. Effects of biological processes in the plant-soil system on solute generation in the catchments are indicated by variable Ca/Sr ratios. However, these effects cannot clearly be assessed by Ca isotopes due to the strong heterogeneity of δ44/40Ca values of Ca2+ sources and high Ca2+ concentrations in bedrock groundwater.

  20. Petrochemistry and Rb-Sr isotopic study of bandal granites, district Kulu, Himachal Pradesh

    Bandal granites which form the subject matter of the present study occur as a concordant body of batholithic size and cover an area of about 500 sq. km. consider these granites to be the result of granitization of arkose and pelitie rocks. Whereas treats them as intrusive into the Banjar Formation, recognized two components i.e. foliated and non-foliated which made the Bandal pluton the latter is intrusive into the former. This gave an isochron age of 1220±100 Ma for the foliated granite. This paper presents the results of a petrochemical and Rb-Sr isotopic studies of these granites with a view to understand their petrogenesis

  1. Sr isotope stratigraphy and lithogenic grain-size distributions of the Pleistocene Turkana Basin, Kenya

    Lubbe, J. V. D.; Sier, M.; Feibel, C. S.; Beck, C.; Dupont-Nivet, G.; Vonhof, H.; Joordens, J. J.; Cohen, A.; Prins, M. A.; Olago, D.

    2015-12-01

    The Pleistocene sedimentary infillings of the Turkana basin, a hotspot for early human evolution, document both human evolutionary and climatic events between 2.1-1.4 Ma. During this time interval, several early Homo species inhabited the vicinity of the Lorenyang paleo-lake, which was mainly fed by the Omo River, draining the Ethiopian Highlands. Paleo-Omo discharge could be expected to be modulated by changes in orbital eccentricity, causing wet-dry climate variability at ~20 kyr timescales, superimposed upon a long-term transition to drier conditions. To reconstruct climate and environmental changes during this key period of human evolution, we obtained high-resolution records of strontium (Sr) isotope ratios in lacustrine fossils as well as lithogenic grain-size distributions. High resolution sampling of sediment sequences containing abundant lacustrine fossils was carried out at outcrops situated to the east and the west of the lake. The sequences can be stratigraphically linked by several volcanic tuff layers, as well as paleomagnetic data. The Turkana basin is a half-graben and, as a consequence, the lacustrine sediment sequences along the western margin are relatively more continuous and deposited in a relatively deeper part of the lake, when compared to sequences at the eastern margin, where the paleo-Omo delta was situated. The outcrops to the west of Lake Turkana are situated in close proximity to core WTK13-1A, which was retrieved for the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSDPD), and span approximately the same stratigraphic interval. In this study, we successfully linked the stratigraphies of the sediment core and the outcrops, the latter of which were logged in great detail in the field. In addition, time-synchronous Sr isotope records from both sides of Lake Lorenyang display similar trends in Sr isotope stratigraphy, thereby confirming the lateral correlations. However, large differences in grain-size distribution and accumulation of

  2. Sr and Pb isotopic geochemistry of feldspars and implications for the growth of megacrysts in plutonic settings.

    Munnikhuis, J.; Glazner, A. F.; Coleman, D. S.; Mills, R. D.

    2015-12-01

    Why megacrystic textures develop in silicic igneous rocks is still unknown. One hypothesis is that these crystals nucleate early in a magma chamber with a high liquid content. A supportive observation of this hypothesis is areas in plutons with high concentrations of megacrysts suggesting flow sorting. Another group of hypotheses suggest megacrystic textures form during protracted late-stage coarsening in a low-melt, interlocked matrix due to either thermal oscillations from incremental pluton emplacement, or Ostwald ripening. Isotopic analyses of large, euhedral K-feldspar megacrysts from the Cretaceous intrusive suites of the Sierra Nevada batholith (SNB) provide new insight into their origin. Megacrysts from the SNB reach the decimeter scale, are Or rich (85-90%), are perthitic, and host mineral inclusions of nearly all phases in the host rock. In-situ micro-drilling of transects, from core to rim, of the alkali feldspars provides material for Sr and Pb isotopic analyses by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). Preliminary 87Sr/86Sr(i) isotopic data from samples from the Cathedral Peak Granodiorite, of the Tuolumne Intrusive Suite range from 0.706337 to 0.706452 (~1.6ɛSr) near the cores, whereas a sawtooth pattern with larger variability, 0.706179 to 0.706533 (~5ɛSr), occurs nears the rims. We interpret these preliminary data to indicate that the late portion of growth (i.e. crystal rim) was dominated by either cannibalism of small K-feldspar crystals with isotopic variability, or by addition of isotopically diverse late components to the magma. By comparing the Sr and Pb isotopic stratigraphy of megacrysts from a variety of rock matrices and different granitoids in the SNB isotopic trends can be evaluated to determine if crystals sizes are dependent on disequilibrium processes or grow at a steady state.

  3. Isotopes (18O, 14C, 87Sr/86Sr) and hydrogeochemical modelling since 11,000 years BP, Bolivian Altiplano

    The phreatic aquifer of the central Altiplano shows a Cl concentration that increases from 0.5 meq 1-1 upstream to 150 meq 1-1 downstream. Values of more than 20 meq 1-1 may not be explained by the present hydrological conditions. The main outflow process from the aquifer is the evaporation (E) whose regional quantification has been conducted using the relation established for all arid zone areas on the base of isotopic profiles: E (mm a-1) = 63 Z-1.5 where Z (m) is the water table depth under soil surface. The aquifer under study may have acquired its high chlorine content during last lacustrine phase (Tauca, 12 ka BP). Arguments for this hypothesis are: (i) maximum level of the lake (3780 m) higher than present soil elevation in the area, (ii) same order of salinity in the paleolake and in the more saline groundwater, (iii) identical values of Sr isotopic ratio in calcareous deposits from the Tauca and in saline groundwater, (iv) weak molar ratio of Li/Cl in saline groundwater and in the Tauca, (v) modelling of Cl transport over 11,000 years consistent with observed spatial evolution of Cl in groundwater. To this scenario, might be superimposed the assumption of a delay for the convective transfer of salt towards south by the coupled effects of accumulation of salt in the unsaturated zone by evaporation from the aquifer during thousand or so years, and of the subsequent return of this salt downwards to the aquifer during some short rainy periods. (author)

  4. Reconstructing conditions during dolomite formation on a Carnian coastal sabkha/alluvial plain using 87Sr/86Sr isotopes - Travenanzes Formation, northern Italy

    Rieder, Maximilian; Wegner, Wencke; Horschinegg, Monika; Preto, Nereo; Breda, Anna; Klötzli, Urs; Peckmann, Jörn; Meister, Patrick

    2016-04-01

    The study of large amounts of dolomite that formed in the Triassic Tethyan realm is hampered by late diagenetic or hydrothermal overprint. These dolomites are difficult to link to past environmental and early diagenetic conditions, and their correlation to models for dolomite formation in modern environments is problematic. Preto et al. (2015) suggested, based on evidence from nano-scale structure analysis by transmission electron microscopy and petrographic observations, that dolomites in the Carnian Travenanzes Formation of the Southern Alps (Dolomites area) represent a preserved primary phase. The Travenanzes Formation was deposited in an extended alluvial plain or coastal sabkha environment subject to a semi-arid climate. Beds and nodules of nearly stoichiometric dolomite are embedded in large amounts of clay, which shielded early formed dolomite from diagenetic fluids. This finding of penecontemporaneous dolomite provides an ideal model case for reconstructing past environmental conditions at the time of dolomite precipitation. While Preto et al. (2015) argued that dolomite formation was mediated by extracellular polymeric substances produced by sulphate-reducing bacteria, it remains unclear whether precipitation occurred from evaporating seawater or mainly from brine derived from evaporating continental groundwater. Both cases exist in modern environments of dolomite formation. In the coastal sabkhas of Abu Dhabi and Qatar, dolomite precipitates from concentrated brine derived from seawater, either through seepage and reflux or through evaporative pumping (the sabkha model). In the coastal ephemeral lakes of the Coorong Lagoon system (South Australia) dolomite precipitation occurs from evaporating groundwater. The goal of this study is to distinguish marine from continental influence during formation of Carnian dolomite using 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios. Sr isotopes could reveal different origins of ionic solutions for dolomite precipitation, which is not

  5. The geographic distribution of Sr isotopes from surface waters and soil extracts over the island of Bornholm (Denmark) – A base for provenance studies in archaeology and agriculture

    Frei, Robert; Frei, Karin Margarita

    2013-01-01

    provenance studies, including archaeological migration and authenticity proof for particular food products. The Sr isotopic compositions of surface waters range from 87Sr/86Sr = 0.7097–0.7281 (average 0.7175 ± 0.0049; 1σ), whereas 0.1 M HNO3, 0.05 M HNO3, and 0.01 M CaCl2 soil extracts range from 87Sr/86Sr...

  6. The use Pb- and Sr- isotopes for the study of Pacific Islander population

    Lead isotope measurements of dental enamel are regularly used as a means of determining information as to the source of the lead burden in modern human populations (Gulson and Wilson 1994). Lead ions have a considerable propensity to replace calcium ions in skeletal hard tissue; principally composed of hydroxy-apatite. The lead isotopic composition of teeth in adult humans has been shown to relate directly to the subject's exposure to the element at the time of eruption of their adult teeth and is unaffected by changes in the lead burden of an individual in latter life. In children, the analogous lead burden relates to the lead exposure of the mother during pregnancy and in the neo-natal period. Moreover due to its high crystallinity and density dental enamel does not undergo post-mortem recrystallization. This fact raised the exciting possibility that isotopic measurements of hard tissue could be used as a means of determining whether and individual is a migrant to a particular region. Despite a number of complications, briefly described, this paper presents the results of the ongoing study which uses measurements of Sr and Pb isotopes within dental enamel to determine the origin of Pacific Islander populations

  7. The use Pb- and Sr- isotopes for the study of Pacific Islander population

    Budd, P.; Gulson, B.L.; Montgomery, J.; Rainbird, P.; Thomas, R.G.; Young, S. [New England Univ., Armidale, NSW (Australia)

    1997-12-31

    Lead isotope measurements of dental enamel are regularly used as a means of determining information as to the source of the lead burden in modern human populations (Gulson and Wilson 1994). Lead ions have a considerable propensity to replace calcium ions in skeletal hard tissue; principally composed of hydroxy-apatite. The lead isotopic composition of teeth in adult humans has been shown to relate directly to the subject`s exposure to the element at the time of eruption of their adult teeth and is unaffected by changes in the lead burden of an individual in latter life. In children, the analogous lead burden relates to the lead exposure of the mother during pregnancy and in the neo-natal period. Moreover due to its high crystallinity and density dental enamel does not undergo post-mortem recrystallization. This fact raised the exciting possibility that isotopic measurements of hard tissue could be used as a means of determining whether and individual is a migrant to a particular region. Despite a number of complications, briefly described, this paper presents the results of the ongoing study which uses measurements of Sr and Pb isotopes within dental enamel to determine the origin of Pacific Islander populations. Paper no. 72; Extended abstract. 4 refs.

  8. Fast and accurate dating of nuclear events using La-140/Ba-140 isotopic activity ratio.

    Yamba, Kassoum; Sanogo, Oumar; Kalinowski, Martin B; Nikkinen, Mika; Koulidiati, Jean

    2016-06-01

    This study reports on a fast and accurate assessment of zero time of certain nuclear events using La-140/Ba-140 isotopic activity ratio. For a non-steady nuclear fission reaction, the dating is not possible. For the hypothesis of a nuclear explosion and for a release from a steady state nuclear fission reaction the zero-times will differ. This assessment is fast, because we propose some constants that can be used directly for the calculation of zero time and its upper and lower age limits. The assessment is accurate because of the calculation of zero time using a mathematical method, namely the weighted least-squares method, to evaluate an average value of the age of a nuclear event. This was done using two databases that exhibit differences between the values of some nuclear parameters. As an example, the calculation method is applied for the detection of radionuclides La-140 and Ba-140 in May 2010 at the radionuclides station JPP37 (Okinawa Island, Japan). PMID:27058322

  9. Sr ISOTOPIC EVIDENCE FOR STUDYING THE SALINIZATION OF SOILS: AN EXAMPLE FROM THE SAN VITALE PINEWOOD (RAVENNA

    Umberto Masi

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available In the frame of a multidisciplinary project of research on the San Vitale Pinewood ecosystem, north of Ravenna, the Sr isotope study of a soil profile developed on an old coastal dune aiming at detecting the effect of salinization is presented. The Sr isotope ratios of the bulk soil samples decreased significantly from upper (0.717 to lower (0.712 horizons because of the abundant marine salts deposited by the brackish water present in the deep soil. While the main source of Sr in the upper horizons is the silicates, especially the feldspaths contained in the old dune sediments; in contrast, Sr in the lower horizons is significantly also of evaporitic origin (0.707-0.709. This latter is dominantly the strontium bio-available to the plants.

  10. A Sr-isotopic study of a suite of precambrian shoshonites from the Sinclair Group in Southern Namibia

    Sr isotope analyses of 14 whole rock samples of shoshonitic lavas and intrusives of the Barby Formation, a member of the Sinclair Group in Namibia, indicate that the age of emplacement of these units is 1 392 plus minus 33 Ma with an initial 87Sr/86Sr ratio of 0.7023 plus minus 0.0002. Resetting of the Rb-Sr isotopic systems appears to have resulted in some of the samples defining a second isochron giving an age of 1 151 plus minus 32 Ma. This re-equilibration may be related to the final stages of metamorphism and deformation associated with the formation of the Namaqua Mobile Belt lying to the south of the shoshonite occurrences. The low initial ratio is suggestive of a mantle origin for the K-rich magmas and insignificant contamination by crustal material indicates that the highly potassic character of these rocks is a primary magmatic feature

  11. Sr isotopes in natural waters: Applications to source characterisation and water-rock interaction in contrasting landscapes

    Strontium isotopes (87Sr/86Sr) are routinely measured in hydrochemical studies to determine sources and mixing relationships. They have proved particularly useful in determining weathering processes and quantifying end-member mixing processes. A number of routine case studies are presented which highlight that Sr isotopes represent a powerful tool in the geochemists toolbox helping to constrain weathering reactions, weathering rates, flow pathways and mixing scenarios. Differences in methodologies for determining the weathering component in natural environments, inherent differences in weathering rates of different minerals, and mineral heterogeneity often cause difficulties in defining the weathering component of different catchments or aquifer systems. Nevertheless, Sr isotopes are useful when combined with other hydrochemical data, to constrain models of water-rock interaction and mixing as well as geochemical processes such as ion-exchange. This paper presents a summary of recent work by the authors in constraining the sources of waters and weathering processes in surface catchments and aquifers, and indicates cases where Sr isotopes alone are insufficient to solve hydrological problems.

  12. Sr, Pb and Nd isotope studies and their bearing on the petrogenesis of the Jalor and Siwana complexes, Rajasthan, India

    The Jalor and Siwana complexes belong to the Malani igneous suite, Rajasthan, India and are characterised by within - plate, A - type granites associated with coeval felsic and mafic volcanism. Sr, Pb and Nd isotopic compositions of the two complexes have been determined. Sr isotopic studies reveal an isochron age of 725 ± 7 Ma for the felsic rocks of the Jalor complex, with an initial 87Sr/86Sr ratio of 0.7062±0.0020. Three highly differentiated granites from Siwana plot on the same near-isochron, indicating that the complexes are coeval. The Pb and Nd isotopic ratios range between (206Pb/204Pb = 18.52-21.28., 207Pb/204Pb = 15.58-15.98, 208Pb/204Pb/204 Pb=38.53.-40.8) and (143Nd/144Nd=0.5122-0.5127, 147Sm/144Nd=0.1260-0.157) respectively. Pb and Nd isotopic compositions of the Siwana samples show that the magma is mantle derived; for the Jalor complex the combined Sr, Nd and Pb data indicate primary mantle derivation with a variable degree of crustal contamination, with the assimilated crust being most likely of Archaean age. The petrogenesis of the two complexes is interpreted as an effect of fractionation of a primary mantle derived magma, simultaneous with assimilation of rocks from the lower crust. The data further document the presence of Archaean crust in the area. (author). 27 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs

  13. Sr-Nd isotopes constrain on the deposit history of the basins in the Gulf of Mexico

    Li, Y.; Jiang, S.

    2015-12-01

    The Brazos-Trinity Basin IV and Ursa Basin are situated on the northern slope of the Gulf of Mexico. The Ursa basin lies in the center of late Pleistocene Mississippi River deposition, received the sediment deposition during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 2- 4. The Brazos-Trinity Basin IV belongs to a part of the Brazos-Trinity fan, it recorded the turbidite deposition and hemiplegic deposition during MIS1- 5. The Sr and Nd isotopic composition of the detrital composition of the sediment in both basins indicates the change of the sediment provenance during the basin-filled process. In the Ursa basin, The difference of 87Sr/86Sr ratio and ɛNd of the detrital component between MIS1,2 (87Sr/86Sr ~ 0.7219 - 0.7321, ɛNd ~ -12 - -13.4) and MIS3,4(87Sr/86Sr ~ 0.7310 - 0.7354, ɛNd ~ -16 - -17.9) is suggested to be related with the provenance change of the detrital particles since LGM. The addition of detrital particle from Appalachians with less radiogenic 87Sr/86Sr and positive ɛNd altered the character of the sediment of the Mississippi River during the last glaciation and deglaciation. In the Brazos-Trinity Basin IV, the narrow range of 87Sr/86Sr and ɛNd indicate that the sediment source of Brazos-Trinity Basin IV had not changed obviously during MIS5e to MIS2, mostly from coastal rivers such as Brazos River, Trinity River and Sabine River. The pre-fan with 87Sr/86Sr ~0.735 and ɛNd ~ -14.5 to -16.9, which is very similar to the deep sediment in the Ursa Basin with 87Sr/86Sr ~0.733 to 0.735 and ɛNd ~ -16 to -18. It is suggested that sediments of the pre-fan of the Brazos-Trinity Basin IV were supplied from the ancestral Mississippi River Delta during the low sea level (MIS 6). During the MIS5, the discharge of Mississippi River is thought switched to its present course, ~300 km to the east.

  14. Ion microprobe analysis of Rb and Sr isotopes in K-rich minerals: an attempt of radiometric dating

    We report here in situ measurements of Rb and Sr isotopes in K-rich minerals (muscovite, phlogopite, and K-feldspar) using Sensitive High-Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP). Several grains of the K-rich minerals were extracted from eight granitic rocks with various formation ages and mounted on epoxy-resin disks. Chemical compositions were measured by an electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA). Then they were set in the source chamber of SHRIMP. A 4-5 nA mass filtered O2- primary beam was used to sputter a 30-λm-diameter flat-bottomed crater and secondary positive ions were extracted by a 10 kV accelerating voltage for mass analysis. A mass resolution of 8900-9300 at 1% peak height was attained to reduce isobaric hydride interferences such as 87RbH+ on 88Sr+. The magnet was cyclically peak-stepped from mass 84 (84Sr and 28Si56Fe) to mass 88 (88Sr and 30Si58Fe), including the background, mass 85 for 85Rb ad 29Si56Fe, mass 86 for 86Sr and 30Si56Fe, and mass 87 for 87Rb, 87Sr, and 29Si58Fe, respectively. No SiFe compounds of any mass number contributed significantly for the samples analyzed. Observed 87A/85A ratios (where A is an arbitrary element) were plotted against 88A/85A ratios for each sample. A least-square fitting was made in the diagram. The gradient and Y-intercept correspond to initial 87Sr/88Sr and initial 87Rb/85Rb ratios or present (87Rb/85Rb) + (87Sr*/85Rb) ratios, respectively, where ''*'' denotes radiogenic. The initial 87Sr/88Sr ratios are mostly consistent with the upper mantle 87Sr/88Sr ratios of various ages within experimental error. There is a positive correlation between the initial 87Rb/85Rb ratios and formation ages of the granitic rock samples, as it is expected from 87Rb decay. Further evaluation of the instrumental isotopic mass fractionation and relative sensitivities for Rb and Sr are required before the in situ 87Rb-87Sr measurement is routinely applied as a dating method. (author)

  15. Tracing Nile sediment sources by Sr and Nd isotope signatures (Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan)

    Padoan, Marta; Garzanti, Eduardo; Harlavan, Yehudit; Villa, Igor Maria

    2011-06-01

    Strontium and neodymium isotopes, measured on diverse mud and sand fractions of sediment in transit along all major Nile branches, identify detritus sourced from Precambrian basements, Mesozoic strata, and Tertiary volcanic rocks exposed along the shoulders of the East African rift and in Ethiopian highlands. Sr and Nd isotopic ratios reflect the weighted average of detrital components generated in different catchments, allowing us to discriminate provenance, calculate sediment budgets, and investigate grain-size and hydraulic-sorting effects. 87Sr/ 86Sr and 143Nd/ 144Nd range, respectively, from as high as 0.722 and as low as 0.5108 for sediment derived from Archean gneisses in northern Uganda, to 0.705 and 0.5127 for sediment derived from Neoproterozoic Ethiopian and Eritrean basements. 87Sr/ 86Sr and 143Nd/ 144Nd, ranging 0.705-0.709 and 0.5124-0.5130 for Blue Nile tributaries, are 0.704-0.705 and 0.5127-0.5128 for largely volcaniclastic sediments of River Tekeze-Atbara, and 0.705-0.706 and 0.5126-0.5127 for main Nile sediments upstream Lake Nasser. Model mantle derivation ages ( tDM), oldest in Uganda where sediment is principally derived from the Congo Craton (3.4-3.0 Ga for Victoria and Albert Nile), progressively decrease northward across the Saharan Metacraton, from 2.6 Ga (Bahr el Jebel in South Sudan), to 2.4-2.2 Ga (Bahr ez Zeraf across the Sudd), and finally 1.6-1.3 Ga (White Nile upstream Khartoum). Instead, tDM ages of Sobat mud increase from 0.9 to 1.5 Ga across the Machar marshes. TDM ages are younger for sediments shed by Ethiopian (1.2-0.7 Ga) and Eritrean basements (1.5-1.2 Ga), and youngest for sediments shed from Ethiopian flood basalts (0.3-0.2 Ga). Integrated geochemical, mineralogical, and settling-equivalence analyses suggest influence on the Nd isotopic signal by volcanic lithic grains and titanite rather than by LREE-rich monazite or allanite. Because contributions by ultradense minerals is subordinate, intrasample variability of Sr and

  16. Geochemical research on C-O and Sr-Nd isotopes of mantle-derived rocks from Shandong Province, China

    LIU Jianming; ZHANG Hongfu; SUN Jinggui; YE Jie

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents systematic studies on the C-O and Sr-Nd isotopic compositions for Cretaceous Badou carbonatites, Fangcheng basalts, and Jiaodong lamprophyres and Paleozoic Mengyin kimberlites in Shandong Province, China. Paleozoic kimberlites have normal and uniform C-O isotopic compositions with δ13C and δ18O in the range of -4.8‰--7.6‰ and +9.9‰-+13.2‰, respectively. However, Cretaceous three different types of mantle-derived rocks have quite different C-O isotopic compositions, indicating that the mantle sources are probably partially contaminated with organic carbon-bearing crustal materials. These Cretaceous rocks show uniform and EMII-like Sr-Nd isotopic compositions and also indicate that the mantle sources were affected by recycled crustal materials. Comparative studies of C-O and Sr-Nd isotopes reveal that the lithospheric mantle beneath the eastern North China Craton had different isotope characteristics in the Paleozoic, the early Cretaceous, and the Tertiary time. This demonstrates that the lithospheric mantle beneath the region underwent at least twice reconstructions since the Paleozoic. Available data imply that the first reconstruction mainly happened during the Triassic-Jurassic time with gradual changes and the second in the Cretaceous with abrupt changes. Results also show that the early Cretaceous (especially at 120-130 Ma) was perhaps the key period leading to the dramatic change of the Mesozoic geodynamics on the eastern North China Craton.

  17. Accurate Modeling of the Cubic and Antiferrodistortive Phases of SrTiO3 with Screened Hybrid Density Functional Theory

    El-Mellouhi, Fadwa; Lucero, Melissa J; Scuseria, Gustavo E

    2011-01-01

    We have calculated the properties of SrTiO3 (STO) using a wide array of density functionals ranging from standard semi-local functionals to modern range-separated hybrids, combined with several basis sets of varying size/quality. We show how these combination's predictive ability varies signi?cantly, both for STO's cubic and antiferrodistortive (AFD) phases, with the greatest variation in functional/basis set e?cacy seen in modeling the AFD phase. The screened hybrid functionals we utilized predict the structural properties of both phases in very good agreement with experiment, especially if used with large (but still computationally tractable) basis sets. The most accurate results presented in this study, namely those from HSE06/modi?ed-def2-TZVP, stand as the most accurate modeling of STO to date when compared to the literature; these results agree well with experimental structural and electronic properties as well as providing insight into the band structure alteration during the phase transition.

  18. Using Monte Carlo transport to accurately predict isotope production and activation analysis rates at the University of Missouri research reactor

    A detailed Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP5) model of the University of Missouri research reactor (MURR) has been developed. The ability of the model to accurately predict isotope production rates was verified by comparing measured and calculated neutron- capture reaction rates for numerous isotopes. In addition to thermal (1/v) monitors, the benchmarking included a number of isotopes whose (n, γ) reaction rates are very sensitive to the epithermal portion of the neutron spectrum. Using the most recent neutron libraries (ENDF/ B-VII.0), the model was able to accurately predict the measured reaction rates in all cases. The model was then combined with ORIGEN 2.2, via MONTEBURNS 2.0, to calculate production of 99Mo from fission of low-enriched uranium foils. The model was used to investigate both annular and plate LEU foil targets in a variety of arrangements in a graphite irradiation wedge to optimize the production of 99Mo. (author)

  19. Comprehensive Pb-Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic, trace element, and mineralogical characterization of mafic to ultramafic rock reference materials

    Fourny, Anaïs.; Weis, Dominique; Scoates, James S.

    2016-03-01

    Controlling the accuracy and precision of geochemical analyses requires the use of characterized reference materials with matrices similar to those of the unknown samples being analyzed. We report a comprehensive Pb-Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic and trace element concentration data set, combined with quantitative phase analysis by XRD Rietveld refinement, for a wide range of mafic to ultramafic rock reference materials analyzed at the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research, University of British Columbia. The samples include a pyroxenite (NIM-P), five basalts (BHVO-2, BIR-1a, JB-3, BE-N, GSR-3), a diabase (W-2), a dolerite (DNC-1), a norite (NIM-N), and an anorthosite (AN-G); results from a leucogabbro (Stillwater) are also reported. Individual isotopic ratios determined by MC-ICP-MS and TIMS, and multielement analyses by HR-ICP-MS are reported with 4-12 complete analytical duplicates for each sample. The basaltic reference materials have coherent Sr and Nd isotopic ratios with external precision below 50 ppm (2SD) and below 100 ppm for Hf isotopes (except BIR-1a). For Pb isotopic reproducibility, several of the basalts (JB-3, BHVO-2) require acid leaching prior to dissolution. The plutonic reference materials also have coherent Sr and Nd isotopic ratios (<50 ppm), however, obtaining good reproducibility for Pb and Hf isotopic ratios is more challenging for NIM-P, NIM-N, and AN-G due to a variety of factors, including postcrystallization Pb mobility and the presence of accessory zircon. Collectively, these results form a comprehensive new database that can be used by the geochemical community for evaluating the radiogenic isotope and trace element compositions of volcanic and plutonic mafic-ultramafic rocks.

  20. Environmental isotopes (18O, 2H, and 87Sr/86Sr) as a tool in groundwater investigations in the Keta Basin, Ghana

    Jørgensen, Niels; Banoeng-Yakubo, Bruce

    2001-03-01

    Analyses of environmental isotopes (18O, 2H, and 87Sr/86Sr) are applied to groundwater studies with emphasis on saline groundwater in aquifers in the Keta Basin, Ghana. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios of groundwater and surface water of the Keta Basin primarily reflect the geology and the mineralogical composition of the formations in the catchments and recharge areas. The isotopic compositions of 18O and 2H of deep groundwater have small variations and plot close to the global meteoric water line. Shallow groundwater and surface water have considerably larger variations in isotopic compositions, which reflect evaporation and preservation of seasonal fluctuations. A significant excess of chloride in shallow groundwater in comparison to the calculated evaporation loss is the result of a combination of evaporation and marine sources. Groundwaters from deep wells and dug wells in near-coastal aquifers are characterized by relatively high chloride contents, and the significance of marine influence is evidenced by well-defined mixing lines for strontium isotopes, and hydrogen and oxygen stable isotopes, with isotopic compositions of seawater as one end member. The results derived from environmental isotopes in this study demonstrate that a multi-isotope approach is a useful tool to identify the origin and sources of saline groundwater. Résumé. L'analyse des isotopes du milieu (18O, 2H, et 87Sr/86Sr) a été mise en œuvre pour des études hydrogéologiques portant sur des eaux souterraines salées des aquifères du bassin de Keta (Ghana). Les rapports isotopiques 87Sr/86Sr de l'eau souterraine et de l'eau de surface du bassin de Keta reflètent principalement la géologie et la composition minéralogique des formations des bassins d'alimentation et des zones de recharge. Les compositions isotopiques en 18O et en 2H des eaux souterraines profondes présentent de faibles variations et se placent près de la droite des eaux météoriques mondiales. Les eaux des nappes peu profondes

  1. Environmental isotopes (18O, 2H, and 87Sr/86Sr) as a tool in groundwater investigations in the Keta Basin, Ghana

    Jørgensen, Niels; Banoeng-Yakubo, Bruce

    2001-03-01

    Analyses of environmental isotopes (18O, 2H, and 87Sr/86Sr) are applied to groundwater studies with emphasis on saline groundwater in aquifers in the Keta Basin, Ghana. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios of groundwater and surface water of the Keta Basin primarily reflect the geology and the mineralogical composition of the formations in the catchments and recharge areas. The isotopic compositions of 18O and 2H of deep groundwater have small variations and plot close to the global meteoric water line. Shallow groundwater and surface water have considerably larger variations in isotopic compositions, which reflect evaporation and preservation of seasonal fluctuations. A significant excess of chloride in shallow groundwater in comparison to the calculated evaporation loss is the result of a combination of evaporation and marine sources. Groundwaters from deep wells and dug wells in near-coastal aquifers are characterized by relatively high chloride contents, and the significance of marine influence is evidenced by well-defined mixing lines for strontium isotopes, and hydrogen and oxygen stable isotopes, with isotopic compositions of seawater as one end member. The results derived from environmental isotopes in this study demonstrate that a multi-isotope approach is a useful tool to identify the origin and sources of saline groundwater. Résumé. L'analyse des isotopes du milieu (18O, 2H, et 87Sr/86Sr) a été mise en œuvre pour des études hydrogéologiques portant sur des eaux souterraines salées des aquifères du bassin de Keta (Ghana). Les rapports isotopiques 87Sr/86Sr de l'eau souterraine et de l'eau de surface du bassin de Keta reflètent principalement la géologie et la composition minéralogique des formations des bassins d'alimentation et des zones de recharge. Les compositions isotopiques en 18O et en 2H des eaux souterraines profondes présentent de faibles variations et se placent près de la droite des eaux météoriques mondiales. Les eaux des nappes peu profondes

  2. Nd and SR isotopic compositions of tektite material from Barbados and their relationship to North American tektites

    Ngo, H. H.; Wasserburg, J.; Glass, B. P.

    1985-06-01

    The isotopic composition of microtektites from Barbados was determined to establish their possible source and their relationship to known tektite strewn fields. Analyzed samples included microtektites and tektite fragments from the Barbados oceanic beds, samples of deep sea ooze, in which they occur, and of underlying volcanic ash, as well as glass beads from Lake Wanapitei Crater. Isotope ratios (Sr-87/Sr-86, Nd-143/Nd-144, Rb-87/Sr-86, and Sm-147/Nd-144) were determined, and the epsilon values for Sr and Nd plotted on the diagram available for the fields of North America, Australia, Ivory Coast, and Moldavite tektites. The epsilon coordinates of all Barbados microtektite and bulk tektite samples plot precisely within the narrow field determined by North American tektites (epsilon Sr, 111; epsilon Nd, -6.2), yield an Nd model age of 0.6 AE, and are distinct from all other fields. The isotopic signatures of samples from sea ooze, ash layer, and of the Lake Wanapitei glass beads are clearly different from all known tektite classes. It is concluded that the Barbados tektites are of the same source and temporal event as the North American tektites.

  3. Sr, Nd, Pb and Hf isotopic constraints on mantle sources and crustal contaminants in the Payenia volcanic province, Argentina

    Søager, Nina; Holm, Paul Martin; Thirlwall, Matthew F.

    The presented Sr, Nd, Hf and double-spike Pb-isotopic analyses of Quaternary basalts from the Payenia volcanic province in southern Mendoza, Argentina, confirm the presence of two distinct mantle types feeding the Payenia volcanism. The southern Payenia mantle source feeding the intraplate-type Río...

  4. Sr-Nd isotope geology and tectonomagmatic setting of the Dehsalm intrusives (Lut Block, Eastern Iran)

    Arjmandzadeh, Reza; Francisco Santos, Jose; Ribeiro, Sara

    2013-04-01

    The Dehsalm porphyritic shallow intrusives belong to the Lut Block volcanic-plutonic belt (central eastern Iran). Previous research on alteration, mineralization and hydrothermal fluids indicates that a Cu-Mo porphyry type mineralization system is related with these intrusives (Arjmandzadeh et al., 2012). The rocks studied in this work range in composition from gabbro-diorite to granite, with dominance of monzonites and quartz monzonites, and have geochemical features of high-K calc alkaline to shoshonitic volcanic arc suites. The trends of major element oxides on Harker diagrams, together with textural evidence, point to the crystal fractionation of clinopyroxene, Ca - plagioclase, hornblende, apatite and oxide minerals. Primitive mantle - normalized trace element spider diagrams display strong enrichment in LILE, such as Rb, Ba and Cs, and depletions in some high field strength elements (HFSE), such as Nb, Ti, Y and HREE. Chondrite-normalized plots show significant LREE enrichments, high LaN/YbN (21.5 to 31.0) and the lack of Eu anomaly. Sr/Y and La/Yb ratios of Dehsalm intrusives are respectively 31.6-72.2 and 21.5-33.5, which reveals that, despite their K-rich composition, these rocks also have some adakitic affinity. A Rb-Sr whole rock-feldspar-biotite age of 33.4±1 Ma was obtained in a quartz monzonite sample; this date may be interpreted as close to the intrusion age, considering that the chosen sample is almost unaltered and should have suffered fast cooling. The obtained age coincides, within error, with a previous geochronological result in a similar rock from the Chah-Shaljami area (Arjmandzadeh et al., 2011), further northwest along the eastern border of the Lut Block. 87Sr/86Sr(33Ma) and ɛNd(33Ma) values range from 0.70481 to 0.70508 and from +1.5 to +2.5, respectively, which fits into a supra-subduction mantle wedge source for the parental melts and indicates that crustal contribution for magma diversification was not relevant. Sr and Nd isotope

  5. Microscopic study of low-lying yrast spectra and deformation systematics in neutron-rich 98−106Sr isotopes

    Anil Chandan; Suram Singh; Arun Bharti; S K Khosa

    2009-10-01

    Variation-after-projection (VAP) calculations in conjunction with Hartree–Bogoliubov (HB) ansatz have been carried out for = 98–106 strontium isotopes. In this framework, the yrast spectra with ≥ 10+, (2) transition probabilities, quadrupole deformation parameter and occupation numbers for various shell model orbits have been obtained. The results of the calculation for yrast spectra give an indication that it is important to include the hexadecapole–hexadecapole component of the two-body interaction for obtaining various nuclear structure quantities in Sr isotopes. Besides this, it is also found that the simultaneous polarization of 3/2 and 5/2 proton subshells is a significant factor in making a sizeable contribution to the deformation in neutron-rich Sr isotopes.

  6. Use of Sr and Pb isotopes in gneissic-migmatic rocks in Itacambira-Barrocao, MG, Brazil

    This work tries to show the potential of the Rb-Sr, Pb-Pb and K-Ar methods applied to basic geological mapping. The different interpretative values of these methodologies contribute to the understanding of the tectonic processes developed in the southeastern border of the Sao Francisco Craton. The Rb-Sr and Pb-Pb isotopic data for the gneissic-migmatitic unit of this sector indicates their generation during the Archean (-2.7 Ga) and Early Proterozoic (-2.1 Ga.). The high (Sr87 /Sr86) and μ1 values also suggest an origin through reworking of older crustal rocks. The K-Ar data (and one fission track age) allow the thermal history of this domain to be delineated and suggest a vertical tectonic in the Late Brazilian Cycle, putting side by side blocks formed in different depths. (M.V.M.)

  7. Hydrogeochemistry of the surface waters of the Ebro River Basin (Spain): a view through Li-B-Sr isotopes

    Millot, R.; Guerrot, C.; Petelet-Giraud, E.; Brenot, A.; Negrel, P. J.

    2012-12-01

    In the present study, we report hydrogen, oxygen, lithium, boron and strontium isotope measurements (δ2H, δ18O, δ7Li, δ11B and 87Sr/86Sr) together with major and trace elements in the dissolved load of 25 river samples collected within the Ebro River Basin in Spain. The Ebro River Basin is mainly dominated by carbonates and evaporites from the Paleozoic and Mesozoic terrains. The Ebro river mainstream was sampled at Amposta one time per month between June 2005 and May 2006. And secondly, the Ebro river along its main course and its main tributaries were sampled during one field campaign in April 2006. The main objective of the present work is to characterize the hydrogeochemistry of the surface waters within the Ebro River Basin and to constrain the behavior of Li and B and their isotopes during water/rock interactions at the scale of a large river basin having various lithologies with a specific aim to investigate spatio-temporal variations for both Li and B isotopes signatures within the Ebro River Basin. The main goal of this study is thus to determine the sources contributing to Li and B in the river waters of the Ebro Basin, as well as to characterize the controlling factors that can determine the distribution of Li and B and their isotopes in the river waters of the Ebro Basin. Stable water isotopes (δ2H, δ18O) show that all the river waters have a purely local origin from precipitation, without significant evaporation or water/rock interaction, as all points plot close to the general meteoric-water line. In the river waters, Li isotopic signatures (δ7Li) are comprised between +12.9 and +20.9‰, δ11B values are ranging from +9.9 to +25.0‰ and 87Sr/86Sr are between 0.70786 and 0.70897.

  8. The crust role at Paramillos Altos intrusive belt: Sr and Pb isotope evidence

    Paramillos Altos Intrusive Belt (PAIB) (Ostera, 1996) is located in the thick skinned folded-thrust belt of Malargue, southwestern Mendoza, Argentina. Geochemical, geochronologic and isotopic studies were carried out in it (Ostera 1996, 1997, Ostera et al. 1999; Ostera et al. 2000) and these previous papers suggested a minor involvement of the crust in the genesis of the PAIB. According with Ostera et al. (2000) it is composed by stocks, laccoliths, dykes and sills which range in composition from diorites to granodiorites, and from andesites to rhyolites, and divided in five Members, which range in age from Middle Miocene to Early Miocene: a- Calle del Yeso Dyke Complex (CYDC), with sills and dykes of andesitic composition (age: 20±2 Ma). b- Puchenque-Atravesadas Intrusive Complex (PAIC), composed by dykes and stocks ranging from diorites to granodiorites (age: 12.5±1 Ma). c- Arroyo Serrucho Stock (SAS), an epizonal and zoned stock, with four facies, with K/Ar and Ar/Ar dates of 10±1 and 9.5±0.5 Ma. d- Portezuelo de los Cerros Bayos (PCB), that includes porphyritic rocks of rhyolitic composition, of 7.5±0.5 Ma. e- Cerro Bayo Vitrophyres (CBV), with andesitic sills and dykes (age: 4.8±0.2 Ma). We present in this paper new Sr and Pb isotopes data that constrain the evolution of the PAIB (au)

  9. Pb, Nd, Sr and Os isotopic systematics of Brazilian cretaceous potassic rocks

    Mafic potassic rocks of the Alto Paranaiba (Minas Gerais), Juina (Mato Grosso), and Pimenta BUeno (Mato Grosso) belong to a large lineament of rocks that crosses from western to southeastern Brazil and have been associated to a hot spot track by several authors. These provinces intruded the Neoproterozoic Brasilia and Paraguay fold belts (Alto Paranaiba, Paranatinga), and the Mesoproterozoic Rio Negro-Jurema belt (Juina, Pimenta Vueno). Pb isotopic compositions of the studied provinces show a wide variation. 206 Pb/204 Pb of kimberlites (18.47-19.23) and kamafugities (17.79-18.71) from the Alto Paranaiba Province are close to the Tristaan/Walvis Ridge composition. The 206 Pb/204 Pb of the paranatinga (19.38-19.87) and Pimenta Bueno (19.78-21.00) provinces are similar to the South African Group I Kimberlite compositional fields, while Juina is displaced to higher Pb isotopic ratios (21.38.22.26), close to those shown ny HIMU ocean island +(OIB).Although the Pb isotopic composition of the more northern alkalic provinces ranges towards the values seen for HIMU OIB, the Sr andNd isotopic composition of these samples is not like HIMU, nor in combination with Pb, like any other ocean island basalt. With the exception of the limberlites from the Alto Paranaiba, which range to quite unradiogenic compositions, most of the samples have 187 Os/188 Os between 0.13 and 0.15. The Nd model ages of Juina kimberlites vary from 1.70-1.73 Ga, and could be indicating a prior accretion period into the mobile belt. Nd model ages for paranatinga kimberlites vary between 0.56 and 0.64 Ga and Pimenta Bueno kimberlites from 0.72 to 1.05 Ga. Minimum Re depletion model ages for Paranatinga kimberlites vary between 0.74 and 0.93 and Pimenta Bueno kimberlites from 0.9 to 1.3 Ga, indicating that the Nd isotopic signartures could have been affected by metasomatic overprint in Neoroterozoic. (author)

  10. Combination of the (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratio and light stable isotopic values (δ(13)C, δ(15)N and δD) for identifying the geographical origin of winter wheat in China.

    Liu, Hongyan; Wei, Yimin; Lu, Hai; Wei, Shuai; Jiang, Tao; Zhang, Yingquan; Guo, Boli

    2016-12-01

    This study aims to investigate whether isotopic signatures can be used to develop reliable fingerprints for discriminating the geographical origin of Chinese winter wheat, and to evaluate the discrimination effects of δ(13)C, δ(15)N and δD, alone or with (87)Sr/(86)Sr. In this study, the values of δ(13)C, δ(15)N and δD, and the (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios of wheat and provenance soils from three regions were determined. Significant differences were found in all parameters of wheat and (87)Sr/(86)Sr in soil extract (reflecting the bioavailable fraction of soil) among different regions. A significantly positive correlation was observed between the (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios of wheat and soil extracts. An overall correct classification rate of 77.8% was obtained for discriminating wheat from three regions based on light stable isotopes (δ(13)C, δ(15)N, and δD). The correct classification rate of 98.1% could be obtained with the combination of the (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratio and the light stable isotopic values. PMID:27374544

  11. Sr isotopic composition in Upper Jatulian dolomites of the Tulomozero formation, South-Eastern Karelia

    Results of determining 87Sr/86Sr ratio in dolomites of the Tulomozero formation of Jatulian section of Northern Prionezshie are presented. It is shown that the pattern of initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios in dolomites of the Tulomozero formation reflects the alteration of carbonate sediment accumulation conditions and/or the degree of their secondary transformations. Carbonates in lower levels with the 87Sr/86Sr ratio of about 0.70668 formed under conditions of isolated water reservoir while in upper part deposited in semi(open) marine basins the 87Sr/86Sr ratio in which was about 0.70419

  12. Stable (Cu, Mg) and radiogenic (Sr, Nd) isotope fractionation in colloids of boreal organic-rich waters

    Stable (Cu and Mg) and radiogenic (Sr and Nd) isotopic compositions in filtrates and ultra filtrates of various size fractions have been measured in waters of subarctic watersheds (NW Russia) and in temperate rivers and lakes of the south boreal zone. A large volume of samples were filtered in the field using cascade filtration and ultrafiltration employing progressively decreasing pore sizes (100, 20, 10, 5, 0.8, 0.4, 0.22, and 0.1 μm; 100, 10 and 1 kDa) followed by element isotopic analysis using thermal ionization mass spectrometers and a Neptune multi collector ICP-MS. In the boreal watershed underlain by Archean and Proterozoic rocks, the 87Sr/86Sr ratio decreased in the 1-100 kDa ultra filtrates and dialysates by 0.0001-0.0004 units compared to the 0.45 μm filtrates. Despite the dominance of colloids in the Nd speciation in surface waters, the isotopic value of Nd in the filtrates and ultra filtrates remained constant within the uncertainty of the measurements. We hypothesize the absence of an atmospheric input of silicate dust for Nd but the presence of marine aerosols for Sr. It follows that the Sr in the investigated surface waters has a short residence time compared to the time required for achieving isotopic equilibrium between the colloidal (1 kDa-0.22 μm) and truly dissolved (≤1 kDa) pools. For Nd, the residence time is long enough to achieve this equilibrium. The stable isotope composition of Cu in the streams remained constant within ±0.1 per thousand during filtration through 100 μm to 1 kDa membranes, despite the fact that 40-60% of Cu was colloidal. This result suggests that the homogeneity of the Cu isotopic composition within the colloidal and truly dissolved pools is likely associated with the similarity of the structure and stability of Cu(II) complexes with fulvic acids of different molecular weights. The stable isotope composition of dissolved Mg in soil solution and bog surface water demonstrates similar,within the analytical

  13. Origin and Dynamics of Rare Earth Elements during Flood Events in Contaminated River Basins: Sr-Nd-Pb Isotopic Evidence.

    Hissler, Christophe; Stille, Peter; Iffly, Jean François; Guignard, Cédric; Chabaux, François; Pfister, Laurent

    2016-05-01

    In order to precisely quantify the contribution of anthropogenic activities and geogenic sources to the dissolved and suspended loads of rivers we have combined for the first time Rare Earth Element (REE) concentrations with Sr-Nd-Pb isotope ratios. We observed enrichments in Anthropogenic Rare Earth Elements (AREE) for dissolved (Gd) and suspended (Ce and Nd) loads of river water. During flood events, AREE anomalies progressively disappeared and gave way to the geogenic chemical signature of the basin in both dissolved and suspended loads. The isotopic data confirm these observations and shed new light on the trace elements sources. On the one hand, dissolved loads have peculiar isotopic characteristics and carry mainly limestone-derived and anthropogenic Sr and Nd as well as significant amounts of anthropogenic Pb. On the other hand, the results clearly indicate that anthropogenic contributions impact the suspended loads in all hydrological conditions. This study demonstrates that anthropogenic contributions to the river may change not only Pb but also Sr and Nd isotopic compositions in both dissolved and suspended loads. This is of importance for future provenance studies. PMID:27045616

  14. Sr-Nd isotope geochemistry and petrogenesis of the Chah-Shaljami granitoids (Lut Block, Eastern Iran)

    Arjmandzadeh, R.; Karimpour, M. H.; Mazaheri, S. A.; Santos, J. F.; Medina, J. M.; Homam, S. M.

    2011-05-01

    Chah-Shaljami porphyritic granitoids belong to the Lut Block volcanic-plutonic belt of central eastern Iran. These intrusive rocks are mostly quartz monzonites, granodiorites and diorites. Geochemical evidence reveals that they are co-genetic and that they have features typical of high-K calc-alkaline to shoshonitic rocks from volcanic arc setting. Primitive mantle-normalized trace element spider diagrams display strong enrichment in LILE, such as Rb, Ba, and Cs, and depletion in some HFSE, e.g. Nb, Ti, Y and HREE. Chondrite-normalized plots show a very marked REE fractionation, with significant LREE enrichment (23 ⩾ La N/Yb N ⩾ 14) and the lack of Eu anomaly. Sr/Y and La/Yb ratios of Chah-shaljami intrusives are respectively 20-67 and 21-34, which reveals that, despite their K-rich composition, these rocks also, have some adakitic affinity. Plots on the Sr/Y-Y and La/Yb-Yb diagrams show that the Chah-Shaljami intrusives may be subdivided into two distinct classes. A Rb-Sr age of 33.5 ± 1 Ma, mainly dependent on the Sr isotopic composition of biotite, was obtained in a quartz monzonite sample. Taking into account that this sample was almost unaffected by hydrothermal and meteoric alteration and that cooling was probably fast, the 33-34 Ma date is interpreted as the intrusion age. With the exception of two samples, initial 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios and C̵Nd values are clustered in the restricted ranges of 0.70470-0.70506 and +1.9-+2.7, which fits into a supra-subduction mantle wedge source for the parental melts and indicates that, in general, crustal contribution for magma diversification was not relevant; however, one sample shows higher 87Sr/ 86Sr and lower C̵Nd, revealing that, occasionally, crustal rock assimilation also contributed to geochemical variation; one other sample, strongly affected by hydrothermal alteration, departs from the main group only by higher 87Sr/ 86Sr, suggesting that its alteration involved crustal fluids. Sr and Nd isotope compositions

  15. Tracing of aerosol sources in an urban environment using carbonaceous, major ions, Sr isotope, and mineralogical compositional data

    Paula, A; S. Lopes; Ribeiro, S.; Santos, J. F.; Patinha, C.; Silva, E. A. Ferreira da; Soares, R.; Duarte, R.; A. Duarte

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the chemical composition of atmospheric particulate matter (PM), particularly with a diameter less than 2.5 μm (PM2.5), has became an emergent topic in atmospheric research due to its relation to climate change and serious health issues. In this study, a comprehensive assessment of the carbonaceous (organic carbon, water-soluble organic carbon, elemental carbon), major water-soluble inorganic ions (SO42-, NO3-, NH4+, Cl-, K+, Na+), 86Sr/87Sr isotope ratios, and mineralogical com...

  16. Hydrogeochemistry of the surface waters of the Ebro River Basin (Spain): a view through Li-B-Sr isotopes

    Millot, Romain; Guerrot, Catherine; Petelet Giraud, Emmanuelle; Brenot, Agnès; Négrel, Philippe

    2012-01-01

    In the present study, we report hydrogen, oxygen, lithium, boron and strontium isotope measurements (d2H, d18O, d7Li, d11B and 87Sr/86Sr) together with major and trace elements in the dissolved load of 25 river samples collected within the Ebro River Basin in Spain. The Ebro River Basin is mainly dominated by carbonates and evaporites from the Paleozoic and Mesozoic terrains. The Ebro river mainstream was sampled at Amposta one time per month between June 2005 and May 2006. And secondly, the ...

  17. Nd and Sr isotope compositions in modern and fossil bones - Proxies for vertebrate provenance and taphonomy

    Tütken, Thomas; Vennemann, Torsten W.; Pfretzschner, Hans-U.

    2011-10-01

    Rare earth elements (REE), while not essential for the physiologic functions of animals, are ingested and incorporated in ppb concentrations in bones and teeth. Nd isotope compositions of modern bones of animals from isotopically distinct habitats demonstrate that the 143Nd/ 144Nd of the apatite can be used as a fingerprint for bedrock geology or ambient water mass. This potentially allows the provenance and migration of extant vertebrates to be traced, similar to the use of Sr isotopes. Although REE may be enriched by up to 5 orders of magnitude during diagenesis and recrystallization of bone apatite, in vivo143Nd/ 144Nd may be preserved in the inner cortex of fossil bones or enamel. However, tracking the provenance of ancient or extinct vertebrates is possible only for well-preserved archeological and paleontological skeletal remains with in vivo-like Nd contents at the ppb-level. Intra-bone and -tooth REE analysis can be used to screen for appropriate areas. Large intra-bone Nd concentration gradients of 10 1-10 3 are often measured. Nd concentrations in the inner bone cortex increase over timescales of millions of years, while bone rims may be enriched over millenial timescales. Nevertheless, ɛ Nd values are often similar within one ɛ Nd unit within a single bone. Larger intra-bone differences in specimens may either reflect a partial preservation of in vivo values or changing ɛ Nd values of the diagenetic fluid during fossilization. However, most fossil specimens and the outer rims of bones will record taphonomic 143Nd/ 144Nd incorporated post mortem during diagenesis. Unlike REE patterns, 143Nd/ 144Nd are not biased by fractionation processes during REE-uptake into the apatite crystal lattice, hence the ɛ Nd value is an important tracer for taphonomy and reworking. Bones and teeth from autochthonous fossil assemblages have small variations of ±1 ɛ Nd unit only. In contrast, fossil bones and teeth from over 20 different marine and terrestrial fossil

  18. Basic magmatism in geological history of Elbrus neovolcanic area (Greater Caucasus): evidence from K-Ar and Sr-Nd isotope data

    The results of isotope-geochronological study of two samples of basites and two samples of basic lavas of Elbrus neovolcanic area are presented. According to K-Ar dating the lavas isotope age falls in the range of 3.85-3.65 mln. years. The results of studying Sr-Nd isotope systematization of Elbrus area basic lavas suggest that the rocks studied are characterized by different isotope parameters of strontium and neodymium

  19. 137Cs(90Sr) and Pu isotopes in the Pacific Ocean sources & trends

    Hamilton, T.F., Millies-Lacrox, J.C. [Service Mixte de Securite Radologique, Mondhery (France); Hong, G.H. [Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute, Ansan (Korea)

    1996-11-01

    The main source of artificial radioactivity in the world`s oceans can be attributed to worldwide fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing. Measurements of selected artificial radionuclides in the Pacific Ocean were first conducted in the 1960`s where it was observed that fallout radioactivity had penetrated the deep ocean. Extensive studies carried out during the 1973-74 GEOSECS provided the first comprehensive data on the lateral and vertical distributions of {sup 9O}Sr, {sup 137}Cs and Pu isotopes in the Pacific on a basin wide scale. Estimates of radionuclide inventories in excess of amounts predicted to be delivered by global fallout alone were attributed to close-in fallout and tropospheric inputs from early U.S. tests conducted on Bikini and Enewetak Atolls in the Equatorial Pacific. In general, levels of fallout radionuclides (including {sup 9O}Sr, {sup 137}Cs and Pu isotopes) in the surface waters of the Pacific Ocean have decreased considerably over the past 4 decades and are now much more homogeneously distributed. Resuspension and the subsequent deposition of fallout radionuclides from previously deposited debris on land has become an important source term for the surface ocean. This can be clearly seen in measurements of fallout radionuclides in mineral aerosols over the Korean Peninsula (Yellow dust events). Radionuclides may also be transported from land to sea in river runoff-these transport mechanisms are more important in the Pacific Ocean where large quantities of river water and suspended sands/fluvial sediments reach the coastal zone. Another unique source of artificial radionuclides in the Pacific Ocean is derived from the slow resolubilization and transport of radionuclides deposited in contaminated lagoon and slope sediments near U.S. and French test sites. Although there is a small but significant flux of artificial radionuclides depositing on the sea floor, > 80% of the total 239, {sup 240}Pu inventory and > 95% of the total {sup

  20. Os, Sr, Nd, and Pb isotope systematics of southern African peridotite xenoliths - Implications for the chemical evolution of subcontinental mantle

    Walker, R. J.; Carlson, R. W.; Shirey, S. B.; Boyd, F. R.

    1989-01-01

    Isotope analyses of Os, Sr, Nd, and Pb elements were caried out on twelve peridotite xenoliths from the Jagersfontein, Letseng-la-terae, Thaba Patsoa, Mothae, and Premier kimberlites of southern Africa, to investigate the timing and the nature of melt extraction from the continental lithosphere and its relation to the continent formation and stabilization. The distinct Os and Pb isotopic characteristics found in these samples suggested that both the low- and the high-temperature peridotites reside in an ancient stable lithospheric 'keel' to the craton that has been isolated from chemical exchange with the sublithospheric mantle for time periods in excess of 2 Ga.

  1. Rb-Sr Isotopic Systematics of Alkali-Rich Fragments in the Yamato-74442 LL-Chondritic Breccia

    Yokoyama, T.; Misawa, K.; Okano, O.; Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Simo, J. I.; Tappa, M. J.; Yoneda, S.

    2012-01-01

    Alkali-rich igneous fragments were identified in the brecciated LL-chondrites, Kr henberg (LL5)], Bhola (LL3-6) and Yamato (Y)-74442 (LL4), and show characteristic fractionation patterns of alkaline elements. The K-Rb-Cs-rich fragments in Kr henberg, Bhola, and Y-74442 are very similar in mineralogy and petrography (olivine + pyroxene + glass), suggesting that they could have come from related precursor materials. We have undertaken Rb-Sr isotopic studies on alkali-rich fragments in Y-74442 to precisely determine their crystallization ages and the isotopic signatures of their precursor material(s).

  2. Archean and proterozoic in the West-European Hercynian chain: isotopic geochemistry (Sr-Nd-Pb) and U-Pb geochronology on zircons

    The first part of this research thesis reports the study of isotopic (Sr-Nd-Pb) geochemistry and U-Pb geochronology on zircons in the immersed granulites of the Bay of Biscay: U-Pb geochronology on zircons, Nd isotopic geochemistry, Sr isotopic geochemistry, common Pb, Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd and rare earth data on minerals, comparison with other European granulites, comparison with West-Africa, study of Archean and proterozoic in the Hercynian chain. The second part reports the study of the U-Pb geochronology on zircon in the Cadomian, and the third part addresses the Sr-Nd isotopic geochemistry of some Cadomian granitoid, and the crust contamination in different regions

  3. Sr-Pb-Nd isotopic evidence that both MORB and OIB sources contribute to oceanic island arc magmas in Fiji

    Twenty-eight new Pb, 20 Sr, and 9 Nd isotopic compositions are presented for 32 rocks and one galena from Fiji and the South Fiji (back-arc) Basin. The Fijian rocks range in age from 35 to 143Nd/144Nd and low 206Pb/204Pb). Nearly constant 207Pb/204Pb, and an OIB source component lying within the conventional Sr-Nd-Pb mantle array. In later calc-alkaline and shoshonitic series rocks, these same trace element and isotopic ratios are more like those of OIB. The change was not accompanied by an increase in 207Pb/204Pb or Cs/K, indeed, 207Pb/204Pb is closer to the mantle array in these later series. Consequently, the change indicates a greater contribution from OIB sources, rather than from recycled ocean crust. These interpretations require that both MORB and OIB sources coexist in the uppermost mantle above subducted lithosphere. (orig./WB)

  4. Cooling of Sr to high phase-space density by laser and sympathetic cooling in isotopic mixtures

    Ferrari, G; Drullinger, R. E.; Poli, N.; Sorrentino, F.; Tino, G. M.

    2006-01-01

    Based on an experimental study of two-body and three-body collisions in ultracold strontium samples, a novel optical-sympathetic cooling method in isotopic mixtures is demonstrated. Without evaporative cooling, a phase-space density of $6\\times10^{-2}$ is obtained with a high spatial density that should allow to overcome the difficulties encountered so far to reach quantum degeneracy for Sr atoms.

  5. Nd, O and Sr isotopic constraints on the origin of Precambrian rocks, Southern Black Hills, South Dakota

    The Nd, O and Sr isotopic characteristics of Precambrian metasedimentary, metavolcanic and granitic rocks from the Black Hills of South Dakota are examined. Two late-Archean granites (2.5-2.6 Ga) have Tsub(DM) ages of 3.05 and 3.30 Ga, suggesting that at least one of the granites was derived through the melting of significantly older crust. Early-Proterozoic metasedimentary rocks have Tsub(DM) ages that range from 2.32 to 2.45 Ga. Two granite samples taken from the same sill, however, give two-point Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd ages of 2.08 +- 0.08 and 2.20 +- 0.20 Ga (epsilon2200sub(Nd) = -15.5), respectively. In addition, whole-rock and apatite samples of the spatially associated Tin Mountain pegmatite give a Sm-Nd isochron age of 2000 +- 100 Ma (epsilon2000sub(Nd) = -5.8 +- 1.8). The Sm-Nd, O and Rb-Sr isotopic systematics of these granitic rocks have been complicated to some degree by both crystallization and post-crystallization processes, and the age of the pegmatite and parts of the Harney Peak Granite complex remain uncertain. Processes that probably complicated the isotopic systematics of these rocks include derivation from heterogeneous source material, assimilation, mixing of REE between granite and country rock during crystallization via a fluid phase, and post-crystallization mobility of Sr. The Nd isotopic compositions of the pegmatite and the Harney Peak Granite indicate that they were not derived primarily from the exposed metasedimentary rocks. (author)

  6. Pervasive Crustal Melting on a Regional Scale: Sr-Nd Isotopic Evidence from Eocene Intrusions in NE Washington

    Loewen, M. W.; Tepper, J. H.; Asmerom, Y.

    2007-12-01

    During the Eocene the Pacific Northwest was the site of a short-lived but voluminous and geochemically diverse magmatic episode, commonly termed the Challis event. To investigate the origins of this event we have measured whole rock Sr and Nd isotopic compositions of 12 plutonic and hypabyssal samples, ranging from basalt to two-mica granite, collected along a 250 km transect across NE Washington. This transect crosses the 0.706 line (Armstrong 1977), the boundary between dominantly Mesozoic crust to the west and older crust to the east. The results reveal a wide spread in isotopic compositions (87Sr/86Srm = 0.7041 - 0.7262; ɛNdm = +3.8 to -18.5) with no systematic relationship between isotopic composition and bulk composition (e.g., MgO). This decoupling of isotopic composition and bulk chemistry suggests mixing between mantle and crustal melts was of minimal importance, and that these rocks are dominantly of crustal origin. The range in ɛNdm also indicates melting of crustal sources that varied considerably in age. Samples with ɛNdm > +2 range from basalt (13 wt.% MgO) to two-mica granite (0.3 wt.% MgO). Such juvenile ɛNdm in a two-mica granite precludes significant involvement of ancient metasedimentary material and implies rapid intracrustal differentiation of a mantle-derived source, which may have been deep arc crust of Mesozoic age. At the other end of the spectrum, samples with ɛNdm Monzonite and attributed to melting of late Archean to Early Proterozoic crust (Whitehouse et al. 1992). Other samples analyzed in this study are broadly similar in isotopic composition (ɛNdm = +1 to -8; 87Sr/86Srm = 0.706-0.709) to rocks of the Colville Igneous Province and probably formed by melting of Proterozoic arc crust (Morris 2000). Geographic variability in Sr-Nd data indicates that isotopically distinct crustal domains are juxtaposed laterally and/or vertically, in some cases on a small scale. The sample with the highest 87Sr/86Srm (0.7262; ɛNdm = -13.3) is a

  7. Textural and Rb-Sr isotopic evidence for late Paleozoic mylonitization within the Honey Hill fault zone southeastern Connecticut

    A petrographic and Rb-Sr isotopic study of rocks within and near the Honey Hill fault zone places important constraints on its history of movement. Rb-Sr apparent ages for micas and plagioclase from these rocks have been reset and range from Permian to Triassic, considerably younger than the minimum stratigraphic age (Ordovician) of the rocks studied or of Acadian (Devonian) regional metamorphism. Permian Rb-Sr ages of dynamically recrystallized muscovite date the development of mylonite fabric. An older age is precluded by the excellent preservation of unrecovered quartz, which indicates that these rocks did not experience temperatures high enough to anneal quartz or thermally reset Rb-Sr isotopic systems in muscovite since the time of mylonitization. Metamorphic mineral assemblages and mineral apparent ages in rocks north of the fault zone indicate recrystallization under similar upper greenschist-lower amphibolite grade conditions during Permian to Triassic time. Collectively these results indicate that the Honey Hill fault zone was active during the Late Paleozoic and that ductile deformation and metamorphism associated with the Alleghanian orogeny extend well into southern Connecticut. An Alleghanian age for mylonitization within the Honey Hill fault zone suggests it should be considered as a possible site for the major Late Paleozoic strike-slip displacements inferred from paleomagnetic studies for parts of coastal New England and maritime Canada

  8. Rb-Sr isotopic study of the Muruntau deposit: magmatism, metamorphism, and mineralization

    The results of Rb-Sr isochrone isotopic-geochronological studies of metamorphic and igneous rocks in the vicinity of the Muruntau deposit, central Kyzyl Kum Desert, are reported. Combined with the previously published data for the hydrothermal-metasomatic rocks, this study outlines the chronology of this gigantic deposit. Greenschist-facies metamorphism of the ore-hosting Besapan Formation is dated at 40±11 Ma. The main stage of productive hydrothermal activity at the Muruntau deposit was coeval with the formation of Stage 2 igneous rocks (273.1±1.6 Ma), but not coeval with the emplacement of Stage 1 granitoids. The temporal association of the early productive metasomatites and Stage 2 dykes indicates that Stage 2 magmatism and early metasomatism had a common source of energy. Subsequent ore redeposition occurred in discrete pulses at 257.6±2.2, 230.2±3.5 and 219.4±4.2 Ma, which were due to the pulses of regional tectonic activity. 27 refs.; 4 figs.; 3 tabs

  9. Sr-Nd-Pb isotopes of the post-paleozoic magmatism from eastern Paraguay

    The Parana Angola-Namibia igneous province (PAN) is characterized by Early Cretaceous flood tholeiites and tholeiitic dyke swarms associated with alkaline rocks of Early and Late Cretaceous ages, respectively, and with scarce post-Mesozoic magmatic rocks (Comin-Chiaramonti et al., 1997; 1999; Marques et al., 1999). The Eastern Paraguay, at the westernmost side of the Parana Basin, is of special interest because: (1) it is located between two main cratonic blocks, i.e. the southernmost tip of the Amazon Craton, and the northermost exposure of the Rio de La Plata Craton; (2) it was the site of repeated Na-K-alkaline magmatism since Late-Permian-Triassic times (i.e.: 250-240 Ma, Na-alkaline; c. 145 Ma, K-alkaline; 128-126 Ma, K-alkaline; 120-90 Ma, Na-alkaline; 61-33 Ma, Na-alkaline; cf. Comin-Chiaramonti and Gomes, 1996; Comin-Chiaramonti et al., 1999), and of Early Cretaceous tholeiitic magmatism, both low- and high-Ti variants, L-Ti and H-Ti, respectively (133-131 Ma; cf. Marzoli et al., 1999); (3) the younger sodic magmatic rocks are closely associated in space to the potassic analogues (Comin- Chiaramonti et al., 1999). The paper aims discussing the most important Sr- Nd-Pb isotope features of the alkaline and tholeiitic magmas from Eastern Paraguay in comparison with the PAN analogues (au)

  10. The geographic distribution of Sr isotopes from surface waters and soil extracts over the island of Bornholm (Denmark) – A base for provenance studies in archaeology and agriculture

    Highlights: • Establishment of distribution map of bioavailable strontium signatures on Bornholm. • Surface water and soil extract signatures incompletely reflect basement geology. • Baselines allow distinction between a northern and southern provenance on Bornholm. • Marine salts have a strong influence on bioavailable strontium signatures. • Successful application of baselines to the Grødbygård archaelogical site on Bornholm. - Abstract: In this paper we report the Sr isotope signatures, and Sr, Al and Na concentrations of 30 surface waters (lakes/ponds and rivers/creeks) and 19 soil sample extracts from the island of Bornholm (Denmark) and present a categorized 87Sr/86Sr value distribution map that may serve as a base for provenance studies, including archaeological migration and authenticity proof for particular food products. The Sr isotopic compositions of surface waters range from 87Sr/86Sr = 0.7097–0.7281 (average 0.7175 ± 0.0049; 1σ), whereas 0.1 M HNO3, 0.05 M HNO3, and 0.01 M CaCl2 soil extracts range from 87Sr/86Sr = 0.7095–0.7197 and define somewhat lower but statistically indistinguishable averages of 0.7125 ± 0.003 (1s). These compositions are lower than the values expected from the Precambrian granitoid basement (87Sr/86Sr = 0.758–0.944), and from the overlying, mainly clastic Paleozoic sediments. Combined Sr isotope composition vs. Sr, Na and Al concentration relationships of soil extracts imply that lowering of the isotopic composition of leachable Sr on Bornholm results as a consequence of significant admixture to this fraction of Sr deposited as marine salts (aerosols), and that rainwater only has a minor influence on the Sr budget of the surface waters. Positively correlated Al/Na and [1/Sr] vs. 87Sr/86Sr relationships in soil extracts and surface waters indicate that the surface run-off on Bornholm is characterized by two predominant sources, namely marine aerosols (sea salts) with high Sr and low 87Sr/86Sr values, and a

  11. Sr Nd Pb isotopic constraints on multiple mantle domains for Mesozoic mafic rocks beneath the South China Block hinterland

    Wang, Yuejun; Fan, Weiming; Cawood, Peter A.; Li, Sanzhong

    2008-12-01

    The Sr-Nd and Pb isotopic compositions of middle Jurassic to late Cretaceous mafic rocks across the Chenzhou-Linwu Fault within the South China Block are presented to constrain the characteristics and evolution of Mesozoic mantle source. These data, in combination with geochronological results, can be divided into four groups. Group 1 (~ 175-170 Ma) occurs on either side of the Chenzhou-Linwu Fault and has moderately depleted Sr-Nd and radiogenic Pb isotopes, akin to a FOZO-like source and is inferred to have originated from deep asthenospheric mantle with delaminated lower crustal signatures. Group 2 (~ 175-145 Ma) is restricted to the west of the fault and shows a significant Dupal anomaly and a binary mixing array between a component from an enriched mantle source (EM1) with low ɛNd( t) values and 206Pb/ 204Pb, and intermediate 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios and a FOZO-like component characterized by Group 1. Group 3 (~ 175-125 Ma) occurs to the east of the fault and exhibits low ɛNd( t) values and high Sr-Pb isotopic ratios, similar to EM2 component with minor DMM component. The Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic systematics for Group 4 (~ 93-80 Ma) resembles those of SE China Cenozoic basalts, suggestive of DMM-EM2 reservoir in response to the uppermost asthenospheric mantle source. These temporal and spatial variations, together with other geologic and paleomagnetic data, suggest that (1) the multiple mantle reservoirs include FOZO-, DMM-, EM1- and EM2-like components beneath the South China Block; (2) DMM-EM2 sources have dominated the mantle domains beneath SE Asia since late Cretaceous; (3) the Chenzhou-Linwu Fault corresponds with the early Mesozoic lithospheric boundary between the Yangtze and Cathaysia blocks within the South China Block. The Mesozoic mafic rocks within the South China Block developed in an active rift setting in response to the delamination of partially over-thickened lithospheric keel and upwelling of asthenosphere rather than a supra-subduction environment.

  12. Pb-Sr-O-C isotope compositions of metacarbonate rocks of the Derbina Formation (East Sayan): Chemostratigraphic and geochronological significance

    Gorokhov, I. M.; Kuznetsov, A. B.; Ovchinnikova, G. V.; Nozhkin, A. D.; Azimov, P. Ya.; Kaurova, O. K.

    2016-01-01

    The Pb-Sr-O-C isotope compositions of calcite marbles of the Derbina Formation, exposed in the northwestern part of the Derbina block of the East Sayan, were studied. Rocks of the Derbina Formation were metamorphosed under high-temperature amphibolite facies conditions. The carbonate constituent of marbles contains (ppm) 15-130 Mn, 130-160 Fe, 0.008-0.039 Rb, 645-2190 Sr, 0.565-0.894 U, and 0.288-1.42 Pb. These concentrations are similar to those in modern carbonate sediments. The values of δ13C in marbles of the Derbina Formation range from-0.6 to +1.4‰ PDB; the values of δ18O range from 21.5 to 28.6‰ SMOW. The 87Sr/86Sr ratio values in the two least altered rocks, which meet geochemical criteria of the Rb-Sr system preservation in high-grade carbonate rocks, are 0.70804 and 0.70829. The protolith ages of marbles determined using Sr and C chemostratigraphy lie within the interval of 560-530 Ma, which is regarded as the period of carbonate sedimentation. The slope of the straight line on the 206Pb/204Pb-207Pb/204Pb diagram ( n = 9, MSWD = 19) constructed on the basis of the data points of bulk carbonate constituents of all samples studied and those representing leachate steps of one of them in 0.5N HBr yields Late Vendian age (556 ± 31 (2σ) Ma. Taking into account the data on Sr and C isotope systematics of Derbina marbles, this age is regarded as the age of early diagenesis of carbonate sediments close to the age of sedimentation. Thus, metacarbonate rocks of the Derbina Formation preserved the pre-metamorphic chemostratigraphic and isotope-geochronological information. The age obtained testifies that formation of the carbonate cover of the Derbina block occurred in the Late Vendian. At the end of the Cambrian, carbonate deposits were metamorphosed during the Early Caledonian tectonic event in the southeastern part of the Central Asian Fold Belt.

  13. Accurate measurement of neodymium isotopic composition using Neptune MC-ICP-MS

    Yueheng YANG; Hongfu ZHANG; Liewen XIE; Fuyuan WU

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports the measurement of the Neodymium isotopic composition by Neptune Multiple Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) over the last two years. Although there is concomitant Cerium in the chemical separation process, this has no significant influence on the Neodymium analysis. As for the sample containing small amounts of Samarium (Sm/Nd<0.04), direct calibration for isobaric interference and mass discrimina-tion by the exponential law can be obtained by assuming that Samarium mass discrimination is the same as that of Neodymium. Geological samples after traditional chemi-cal separation were measured by Neptune MC-ICP-MS and Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) respectively. The results show that Neptune MC-ICP-MS can measure Neodymium isotopic composition as precisely the TIMS does and is even more effective and less time-consuming than the TIMS Method.

  14. Paleo water–rock interaction determined through isotopic tracing (Sr, O, C, U) in fracture-fill minerals: Evidence from the Vienne granitoids (France)

    Highlights: ► Fractures filling were investigated by means of Sr, O, C, U isotopes. ► Recent uranium migration processes were evidenced. ► Two major fluid events responsible for most of the vein fillings can be characterized. - Abstract: Based on the concepts (a) that the stable C and O isotopes combined with the Sr isotope ratios of fracture fills should reflect the source groundwater from which the solid phases precipitated and (b) that U-series disequilibria (USD) enable the calculation of residence time for the U by using Fe oxides as the best candidate, an “isotopic toolbox” was applied to fracture fill from the crystalline basement of the Vienne district. The fracture fills are formed mainly of carbonates, clays and Fe oxides. The isotope data indicate two main generations of carbonate that originated from hydrothermal circulation and equilibrium with present-day groundwaters but the Sr isotope ratios highlight another component with a higher 87Sr/86Sr ratio reflecting the complexity of the water–rock interactions. For the USD, the Fe-hydroxides located at 207 m depth yield an age of 102 ± 5 ka (St. Germain I interglacial stage), whereas those located at 277 m and 300 m yield respective ages of 173 ± 15 ka and 181 ± 10 ka. These corresponding to the transition between the penultimate glacial period (isotopic stage 6) and the end of the preceding interglacial stage (isotopic sub-stage 7a). Investigating water–rock interaction (87Sr/86Sr, 18O, 13C, USD) in the fracture-fill minerals from the crystalline basement has shown that such an approach is relevant to developing an understanding of how the groundwater system has changed over time

  15. Elemental and Sr-Nd isotopic geochemistry of Permian Emeishan flood basalts in Zhaotong, Yunnan Province, SW China

    Li, Juan; Zhong, Hong; Zhu, Wei-Guang; Bai, Zhong-Jie; Hu, Wen-Jun

    2016-05-01

    This study presents new whole-rock elemental and isotopic data for the basalts from the Zhaotong area, located in the intermediate zone of the ~260 Ma Emeishan large igneous province (ELIP). The Zhaotong basalts belong to high-Ti series with TiO2 from 2.93 to 5.26 % and Ti/Y from 519 to 974. The parental magma was subjected to minor crustal contamination as indicated by slight Nb-Ta depletion (Nb/La: 0.72-1.10). Meanwhile, the relatively invariable Sr-Nd isotopes (ɛNd(t): -0.74 to +2.86, mostly +1.10 to +2.86; (87Sr/86Sr)i: 0.7050-0.7072) and the light rare earth elements (LREE) enrichment (La/Yb: 10.3-19.1) of the basalts prefer a mantle plume origin. A garnet-dominated peridotite mantle source was further suggested on the basis of the REE distribution patterns and high Sm/Yb and high La/Yb ratios. This study further confirms the geochemical zoning of the high-Ti basalts in the ELIP, which is in accordance with both the spatial distribution and the thickness of the basalts. The high-Ti basalts in the intermediate and outer zones of ELIP (e.g., Zhaotong and Guizhou) share similar Sr-Nd isotopic and elemental compositions, suggesting that they originated directly from the Emeishan mantle plume. By contrast, the high-Ti basalts in the inner zone (e.g., Longzhoushan and Binchuan) have variable compositions, indicating a rather heterogeneous mantle source possibly involved with subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) components.

  16. Constraints on mantle source and interactions from He-Sr isotope variation in Italian Plio-Quaternary volcanism

    Martelli, M.; Nuccio, P. M.; Stuart, F. M.; di Liberto, V.; Ellam, R. M.

    2008-02-01

    Helium isotope ratios of olivine and pyroxene phenocrysts from Plio-Quaternary volcanic rocks from southern Italy (seven Aeolian Islands, Mt. Vulture, Etna, Ustica, and Pantelleria) range from 2.3 to 7.1 Ra. Importantly, the phenocryst 3He/4He correlate well with whole rock Sr isotopic composition (0.70309-0.70711), reflecting the mixing of two sources. A significant contribution of He from crustal contamination is recorded only occasionally (e.g., pyroxenes from Vulcano). When merged with data from the Roman Comagmatic Province, a remarkably strong near-linear He-Sr isotope correlation is apparent. The general northward decrease in 3He/4He corresponds to an increase in 87Sr/86Sr (and a decrease in 143Nd/144Nd and 206Pb/204Pb) that is due to increasing metasomatic enrichment of the mantle wedge via subduction of the Ionian-Adriatic plate. Calculations based on the ingrowth of 4He in the wedge and on the 4He content of the subducting crust show that mechanisms of enrichment in radiogenic He are effective only if the wedge is strongly depleted in He relative to best estimates of the depleted mantle. This can be accommodated if the process of metasomatism by the subduction fluids depletes the mantle wedge. The 3He/4He of Pantelleria, Etna, Iblei, Ustica, Alicudi, and Filicudi basalts (7.0 ± 0.6 Ra) define the mantle composition least affected by subduction-related metasomatism. Although these volcanoes are from a variety of tectonic regimes (subduction-related, intraplate, rifting), their similarities suggest a common origin of geochemical features. Their characteristics are consistent with a HIMU-type mantle that either is younger than the Cook-Austral island end-member or has a lower 238U/204Pb.

  17. Integrated Sr isotope variations and global environmental changes through the Late Permian to early Late Triassic

    Song, Haijun; Wignall, Paul B.; Tong, Jinnan; Song, Huyue; Chen, Jing; Chu, Daoliang; Tian, Li; Luo, Mao; Zong, Keqing; Chen, Yanlong; Lai, Xulong; Zhang, Kexin; Wang, Hongmei

    2015-08-01

    New 87Sr/86Sr data based on 127 well-preserved and well-dated conodont samples from South China were measured using a new technique (LA-MC-ICPMS) based on single conodont albid crown analysis. These reveal a spectacular climb in seawater 87Sr/86Sr ratios during the Early Triassic that was the most rapid of the Phanerozoic. The rapid increase began in Bed 25 of the Meishan section (GSSP of the Permian-Triassic boundary, PTB), and coincided closely with the latest Permian extinction. Modeling results indicate that the accelerated rise of 87Sr/86Sr ratios can be ascribed to a rapid increase (>2.8×) of riverine flux of Sr caused by intensified weathering. This phenomenon could in turn be related to an intensification of warming-driven runoff and vegetation die-off. Continued rise of 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the Early Triassic indicates that continental weathering rates were enhanced >1.9 times compared to those of the Late Permian. Continental weathering rates began to decline in the middle-late Spathian, which may have played a role in the decrease of oceanic anoxia and recovery of marine benthos. The 87Sr/86Sr values decline gradually into the Middle Triassic to an equilibrium values around 1.2 times those of the Late Permian level, suggesting that vegetation coverage did not attain pre-extinction levels thereby allowing higher runoff.

  18. Sr isotope chemistry of the magmatism from Momchilgrad depression (Eastern Rhodopes)

    The (87Sr/86Sr)i of Zvezdel basaltic-andesite complex ranges between 0.705087 and 0.708613. Acid complexes have lower values of these ratios: Perperek trachyrhyolite - 0.69534, Ursula rhyolite - 0.70119, Sveti Ilia trachyrhyodacite - 0.70270 and Momchilgrad trachydacite - 0.70589. Considering all acid complexes the (87Sr/86Sr)i of Sveti Ilia trachyrhyodacite and Sveti Ilia trachyrhyodacite complexes are comparable with these of Zvezdel basaltic-andesite complex. The outcrops of their products associate spatially with the intermediate complexes as both acid and intermediate varieties have similar petrochemical features and trace element abundance. These complexes might have been produced by one magma reservoir of intermediate composition. Obtained (87Sr/86Sr)i values are typical of continental tectonic settings. The occurrences of Ustra rhyolite and Perperek trachyrhyolite complexes are located apart from the intermediate volcanics. The have significantly lower Sr contents, lower (87Sr/86Sr)i and specific petrochemical features and trace element distribution patterns and probably resulted from the evolution of separate and not large magma reservoirs of acid composition. Calculated (87Sr/86Sr)i for Perperek and Ustra complexes are typical of the island-arc or even mid-oceanic ridge tectonic settings. These data indirectly confirm the idea of involving both oceanic and continental crust during a process of 'continental subduction'. (authors)

  19. Sources, migration and transformation of antimony contamination in the water environment of Xikuangshan, China: Evidence from geochemical and stable isotope (S, Sr) signatures.

    Wen, Bing; Zhou, Jianwei; Zhou, Aiguo; Liu, Cunfu; Xie, Lina

    2016-11-01

    The Xikuangshan (XKS) mine in central China is the largest antimony (Sb) mine in the world. The mining activity has seriously contaminated the waters in the area. To determine the sources, migration and transformation of Sb contamination, 32 samples from groundwater (aquifer water), surface water and mine water were collected for water chemistry, trace element and SSO4 and Sr stable isotope analyses. The results showed that the groundwater and surface water were in an oxidized environment. The SSO4 and Sr isotope compositions in the water indicated that dissolved Sb and SO4(2) originated from sulfide mineral (Sb2S3) oxidation, whereas radiogenic Sr may have been sourced from silicified limestone and stibnite in the Shetianqiao aquifer. Furthermore, a positive correlation between δ(34)SSO4 and δ(87)Sr values revealed that the Sr, S and Sb in the waters had a common contamination source, i.e., silicified limestone and stibnite, whereas the Sr, S and Sb in rock and ore were sourced from Proterozoic basement clastics. The analysis also indicated that the isotope composition of dissolved SO4(2-) had been influenced by slight bacterial SO4 reduction in the Magunao aquifer. Mining or rock collapse may have caused Shetianqiao aquifer water to contaminate the Magunao aquifer water via mixing. This study has demonstrated that the stable isotopes of (34)SSO4 and (87)Sr, combined with hydrochemical methods, are effective in tracking the sources, migration and transformation of Sb contamination. PMID:27341112

  20. APPLICATION OF O-H-B-Sr ISOTOPE SYSTEMATICS TO THE EXPLORATION OF SALINIZATION AND FLUSHING IN COASTAL AQUIFERS : PRELIMINARY DATA FROM THE PIALASSA BAIONA ECOSYSTEM (ADRIATIC SEA

    Riccardo Petrini

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available O, H, B and Sr isotopes were identified from surface-waters, ground-waters and waters percolating in soils at the Pialassa Baiona lagoon and nearby inland areas. The preliminary data demonstrate the occurrence of both conservative mixtures between seawater and freshwaters and cation exchange at the salt/fresh water interface during the intrusion. The O and H isotopes indicate that the freshwater component in the binary mixing had the isotopic features of the rainwater from Apennine catchments. Coupled O-H-B isotopes also show that the major contribution of the moving seawater was confined to the deeper aquifers and some of the soil waters. The Sr isotopes highlight the role of cation exchanges when seawater flushes freshwater aquifers, and allow the recognition of the different components of the solute. Deviations from these processes as revealed by B isotopes are interpreted as the evidence of possible anthropogenic inputs.

  1. C- and Sr-isotope stratigraphy of the São Caetano complex, Northeastern Brazil: a contribution to the study of the Meso-Neoproterozoic seawater geochemistry

    Juan C. Silva

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available C-isotope and 87Sr/86Sr values for five carbonate successions from the São Caetano Complex, northeastern Brazil, were used to constrain their depositional age and to determine large variations in the C- and Sr-isotopic composition of seawater under the framework of global tectonic events. Three C-isotope stages were identified from base to top in a composed chemostratigraphic section: (1 stage in which delta13C values vary from +2 to +3.7‰ PDB and average 3‰ PDB, (2 stage with delta13C values displaying stronger oscillations (from -2‰ to +‰ PDB, and (3 stage with an isotopic plateau with values around +3.7‰ PDB. Constant 87Sr/86Sr values (~ 0.70600 characterize C-isotope stage 1, whereas slightly fluctuating values (from 0.70600 to 0.70700 characterize C-isotope stage 2. Finally, 87Sr/86Sr values averaging 0.70600 characterize C-isotope stage 3. The C- and Sr- chemostratigraphic pathways permit to state: (a the C- and Sr-isotope secular curves registered primary fluctuations of the isotope composition of seawater during late Mesoproterozoic- early Neoproterozoic transition in the Borborema Province, and (b onset of the Cariris Velhos/Greenville cycle, widespread oceanic rifting, continental magmatic arc formation and onset of the agglutination of Rodinia supercontinent, mostly controlled the C- and Sr-isotope composition of seawater during the C-isotope stages 1, 2 and 3.Valores de isótopos de C e 87Sr/86Sr de cinco seqüências de carbonatos do Complexo São Caetano, nordeste do Brasil; foram usados para estimar a sua idade de deposição e relacionar variações da composição isotópica na água do mar com eventos tectônicos globais. Três estágios de variação de isótopos de carbono foram identificados de base para o topo numa seção quimioestratigráfica composta: (1 estágio em que delta13C varia de +2 a +3.7‰PDB (media 3‰PDB, (2 estágio no qual delta13C varia consideravelmente (de -2 a +3‰PDB e (3 est

  2. Rb, Sr and strontium isotopic composition, K/Ar age and large ion lithophile trace element abundances in rocks and glasses from the Wanapitei Lake impact structure

    Shock metamorphosed rocks and shock-produced melt glasses from the Wanapitei Lake impact structure have been examined petrographically and by electron microprobe. Eleven clasts exhibiting varying degrees of shock metamorphism and eight impact-produced glasses have been analyzed for Rb, Sr and Sr isotopic composition. Five clasts and one glass have also been analyzed for large ion lithophile (LIL) trace element abundances including Li, Rb, Sr, and Ba and the REE's. The impact event forming the Wanapitei Lake structure occurred 37 m.y. ago based on K/Ar dating of glass and glassy whole-rock samples. Rb/Sr isotopic dating failed to provide a meaningful whole-rock or internal isochron. The isotopic composition of the glasses can be explained by impact-produced mixing and melting of metasediments. Large ion lithophile trace element abundance patterns confirm the origin of the glasses by total shock melting of metasediments. (author)

  3. Experimental study of the Mg and Sr isotopic evolution of seawater interacting with basalt between 150 and 300 ° C.

    Voigt, Martin; Pearce, Christopher R.; Oelkers, Eric H.

    2016-04-01

    The chemical exchange of material between seawater and the oceanic crust plays a major role in marine geochemical cycles [1]. Isotopic signatures provide an important means of tracing elemental transfer in hydrothermal environments, yet only a limited amount of experimental data on the extent of isotopic fractionation under these conditions is currently available. This study consequently investigated the extent of δ26/24Mg and 87Sr/86Sr isotopic variation during a seawater-basalt interaction experiments at 150, 250 and 290 ° C. A suite of closed system experiments were run for several months at each temperature under saturated water pressure, using either crystalline or glassy basalt as the starting material and a water/rock ratio of 10 or 25. Our results demonstrate that the dissolution of basaltic material in hydrothermal environments occurs at the same time as the precipitation of alteration minerals (mainly smectite and anhydrite), which is consistent with results from similar studies in the past (e.g. [2]). As expected, the rate of reaction using crystalline basalt was slower than with basaltic glass, and both sample types reacted faster at higher temperatures. The 87Sr/86Sr composition of the experimental fluids decreased from the initial seawater value (0.70916) towards the lower basaltic signature during the experiments (0.70317), demonstrating the progressive release of Sr during basalt dissolution. Magnesium was steadily removed from the fluid via the precipitation of clay minerals, with the residual fluids having progressively lighter δ26/24Mg compositions. The mean Mg isotope fractionation factor (αsolid‑solution) observed at 250 oC was 1.0005±0.0002, supporting low-temperature evidence that clay minerals preferentially incorporate isotopically heavy magnesium [3]. These experiments provide quantitative information on the extent of Mg isotopic fractionation between fluids and secondary silicate minerals in hydrothermal systems, and demonstrate

  4. Midcontinent rift volcanism in the Lake Superior region: Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic evidence for a mantle plume origin

    Nicholson, S.W. (Geological Survey, Reston, VA (USA) Univ. of Minnesota, MN (USA)); Shirey, S.B. (Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC (USA))

    1990-07-10

    Between 1091 and 1098 Ma, most of a 15- to 20-km thickness of dominantly tholeiitic basalt erupted in the Midcontinent Rift System of the Lake Superior region, North American. The Portage Lake Volcanics in Michigan, which are the youngest MRS flood basalts, fall into distinctly high- and low-TiO{sub 2} types having different liquid lines of descent. Incompatible trace elements in both types of tholeiites are enriched compared to depleted or primitive mantle (La/Yb = 4.3-5.3; Th/Ta = 2.12-2.16; Zr/Y = 4.3-4.4), and both basalt types are isotopically indistinguishable. Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic compositions of the Portage Lake tholeiites have {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr{sub i} {approx}0.7038, {epsilon}{sub Nd(1095 Ma)} {approx}0 {plus minus} 2, and {mu}{sub 1} {approx}8.2. Model ages with respect to a depleted mantle source (T{sub DM}) average about 1950-2100 Ma. Portage Lake rhyolits fall into two groups. Type I rhyolites have Nd and Pb isotopic characteristics ({epsilon}{sub Nd(1095 Ma)} {approx}0 to {minus}4.7; {mu}{sub 1} {approx}8.2-7.8) consistent with contamination of tholeiitic rocks by 5-10% Archean crust. The one type II rhyolite analyzed has Nd and Pb isotopic compositions ({epsilon}{sub Nd(1095 Ma)} {approx}{minus}13 to {minus}16; {mu}{sub 1} {approx}7.6-7.7) which are consistent with partial melting of Archean crust. Early Proterozoic crust was not a major contaminant of MRS rocks in the Lake Superior region. Most reported Nd and Pb isotopic compositions of MRS tholeiites from the main stage of volcanism in the Lake Superior region and of the Duluth Complex are comparable to the Nd and Pb isotopic data for Portage lake tholeiites. The isotopic enrichment of the MRS source compared to depleted mantle is striking and must have occurred at least 700 m.y. before 1100 Ma.

  5. Accurate mass measurements of short-lived isotopes with the MISTRAL rf spectrometer

    Toader, C F; Borcea, C; Doubre, H; Duma, M; Jacotin, M; Henry, S; Képinski, J F; Lebée, G; Le Scornet, G; Lunney, M D; Monsanglant, C; De Saint-Simon, M; Thibault, C

    1999-01-01

    The MISTRAL experiment has measured its first masses at ISOLDE. Installed in May 1997, this radiofrequency transmission spectrometer is to concentrate on nuclides with particularly short half-lives. MISTRAL received its first stable beam in October and first radioactive beam in November 1997. These first tests, with a plasma ion source, resulted in excellent isobaric separation and reasonable transmission. Further testing and development enabled first data taking in July 1998 on neutron-rich Na isotopes having half-lives as short as 31 ms.

  6. Can serum isotope levels accurately measure intestinal calcium absorption compared to gold-standard methods?

    Vreede, Andrew P; Jones, Andrea N; Hansen, Karen E

    2015-01-01

    Background Low fractional calcium absorption (FCA) contributes to osteoporosis but is not measured clinically, as the gold-standard method requires administration of two calcium tracers and a subsequent 24-h urine collection. We evaluated alternate methods to measure FCA, compared to the gold standard method. Methods We administered two stable calcium isotope tracers (~8 mg oral 44Ca and ~3 mg intravenous 42Ca) with breakfast to 20 fasting post-menopausal women (Cohort 1) 59 ± 7 years old wit...

  7. APPLICATION OF O-H-B-Sr ISOTOPE SYSTEMATICS TO THE EXPLORATION OF SALINIZATION AND FLUSHING IN COASTAL AQUIFERS : PRELIMINARY DATA FROM THE PIALASSA BAIONA ECOSYSTEM (ADRIATIC SEA)

    Riccardo Petrini; Maddalena Pennisi; Alessandra Adorni Braccesi; Barbara Stenni; Onelio Flora; Umberto Aviani

    2009-01-01

    O, H, B and Sr isotopes were identified from surface-waters, ground-waters and waters percolating in soils at the Pialassa Baiona lagoon and nearby inland areas. The preliminary data demonstrate the occurrence of both conservative mixtures between seawater and freshwaters and cation exchange at the salt/fresh water interface during the intrusion. The O and H isotopes indicate that the freshwater component in the binary mixing had the isotopic features of the rainwater from Apennine catchments...

  8. Pb, Sr, Nd, and Hf isotopic constraints on the origin of Hawaiian basalts and evidence for a unique mantle source

    Pb, Sr, Nd, and Hf isotopic relationships among basalts from the Hawaiian Islands suggest that these basalts were derived from three sources; the oceanic lithosphere (Kea end member), the depleted asthenosphere (posterosional end member) and a deep-mantle plume (Koolau end member). Hawaiian tholeiites are derived within the lithosphere and the isotopic trends collectively defined by the tholeiite data are interpreted as a plume-lithosphere mixing trend. The isotopic characteristics of late-stage basalts are derived from the tholeiite source (lithosphere + plume) with additional input from the lithosphere, asthenosphere, or both. These basalts probably originate from near the asthenosphere-lithosphere boundary. Posterosional basalts are derived from the depleted asthenosphere, but their isotopic characteristics have been slightly modified by either the plume or the source of previously erupted volcanics. The isotopic data require little or no mixing of asthenospheric material into the plume during tholeiite production and thus are consistent with the concept of a rapidly ascending, fluid-rich plume. In addition to providing a source of heat, the plume may supply volatiles to both the sources of tholeiites and posterosional basalts. The isotopic characteristics of the Koolau (plume) component are unique among OIB sources. If undifferentiated or 'primitive' mantle material still exists, then the radiogenic-isotope data for Koolau in combination with rare gas data for Hawaiian basalts in general suggest that the Hawaiian plume may be derived from such material. In any case, the Hawaiian Islands data, when compared to those of other OIB, serve to illustrate the isotopically diverse nature of mantle sources. (author)

  9. Geochemical and Sr-Nd isotopic evidence for a rift-related origin of magmas in Tizayuca volcanic field, central Mexican volcanic belt

    New geochemical and Sr and Nd isotope data are presented on six selected rock samples of hy-normative late Quaternary basalt, basaltic trachy desite, basaltic andesite, andesite, and dacite from Tizilyuca Volcanic Field (TVF), located in the State of Hidalgo, Mexico, at the central part of the Mexican Volcanic Belt (MVB). This province (MVB) is a modern volcanic zone (Miocene to Recent), which in spite of ongoing subduction, presents widespread magmas whose origin is shown to be unrelated to subduction. The initial isotopic ratios of the sampled rocks, practically identical to their measured ratios, range as follows: 87Sr/86Sr 0.70390-0.70540 and 143Nd/l44Nd 0.512598-0.512907. There is a general increase in 87Sr/86Sr and a decrease in 143Nd/144Nd with increasing SiO2 and decreasing MgO contents. The combined geochemical and isotopic evidence supports the generation of these magmas from the mantle or even in the lower crust, and subsequent modification through crustal assimilation processes. In spite of on going subduction of the Cocos plate, the TVF seems to own its origin to rift-related processes as is the case of many other areas of the central and eastern MVB. A broader implication of the isotopic data from the MVB is that the basic assumption of geochronology of the same initial isotopic ratios seems to fall apart because none of the so far studied areas of the MVB shows a uniform Sr or Nd isotopic ratio. Indeed, the 87Sr/86Sr and 143Nd/144Nd ratios vary according to the rock-type for rocks of practically zero age. (author)

  10. Isotope geochemistry of recent magmatism in the Aegean arc: Sr, Nd, Hf, and O isotopic ratios in the lavas of Milos and Santorini-geodynamic implications

    Briqueu, L.; Javoy, M.; Lancelot, J.R.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1986-01-01

    In this comparative study of variations in the isotopic compositions (Sr, Nd, O and Hf) of the calc-alkaline magmas of the largest two volcanoes, Milos and Santorini, of the Aegean arc (eastern Mediterranean) we demonstrate the complexity of the processes governing the evolution of the magmas on the scale both of the arc and of each volcano. On Santorini, the crustal contamination processes have been limited, effecting the magma gradually during its differentiation. The most differentiated lavas (rhyodacite and pumice) are also the most contaminated. On Milos, by contrast, these processes are very extensive. They are expressed in the 143Nd/144Nd vs. 87Sr/86Sr diagram as a continuous mixing curve between a mantle and a crustal end member pole defined by schists and metavolcanic rocks outcropping on these volcanoes. In contrast with Santorini, the least differentiated lavas on Milos are the most contaminated. These isotopic singularities can be correlated with the geodynamic evolution of the Aegean subduction zone, consisting of alternating tectonic phases of distension and compression. The genesis of rhyolitic magmas can be linked to the two phases of distension, and the contamination of the calc-alkaline mantle-derived magmas with the intermediate compressive phase. The isotopic characteristics of uncontaminated calc-alkaline primitive magmas of Milos and Santorini are directly comparable to those of magmas generated in subduction zones for which a contribution of subducted sediments to partial melts from the mantle is suggested, such as in the Aleutian, Sunda, and lesser Antilles island arcs. However, in spite of the importance of the sediment pile in the eastern Mediterranen oceanic crust (6-10 km), the contribution of the subducted terrigenous materials remains of limited amplitude. ?? 1986.

  11. Artificial (Pu {sup 90}Sr, {sup 241}Am) and natural (U) isotopes in human bones from Poland

    Mietelski, J.W.; Tomankiewicz, E. [Institute of Nuclear Phyics (Poland); Golec, E.; Golec, J.; Nowak, S.; Szczygiel, E. [The 5th Military Clinical Hospital and Polyclinic (Poland); Kuzma, K. [General Hospital (Poland)

    2014-07-01

    In two papers we have presented results if analyses of artificial isotopes ({sup 238,239,240}Pu, {sup 241}Am and {sup 90}Sr) content in human bones, using samples collected during hip joint replacement surgery. Since the patients were members of general population (not exposed in any particular form to artificial radionuclides) results can be treated as current background level for Poland and perhaps also whole central Europe. During this project the open question appeared - what is the level in human bones of natural alpha emitters like {sup 238}U-, {sup 234}U, for instance. Therefore about 30 human hip joint bone samples are being now analysed for the presence of uranium along with mentioned above artificial radionuclides. Samples are ashen and sequential radiochemical analyse is applied for separation of Pu, Sr and Am isotopes followed by separation of uranium using anion exchange resin. Measurements of plutonium, americium and uranium are performed using alpha spectrometry. That for {sup 90}Sr is done by LSC. Results will be presented during conference. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  12. Uranium-Lead Zircon Ages and Sr, Nd, and Pb Isotope Geochemistry of Selected Plutonic Rocks from Western Idaho

    Unruh, Daniel M.; Lund, Karen; Kuntz, Mel A.; Snee, Lawrence W.

    2008-01-01

    Across the Salmon River suture in western Idaho, where allochthonous Permian to Cretaceous oceanic rocks are juxtaposed against Proterozoic North American rocks, a wide variety of plutonic rocks are exposed. Available data indicate much variation in composition, source, and structural state of these plutons. The plutonic rocks were long described as the western border zone of the Cretaceous Idaho batholith but limited pre-existing age data indicate more complicated origins. Because the affinity and age of the plutonic rocks cannot be reliably determined from field relations, TIMS U-Pb dating in conjunction with Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic studies of selected plutons across the suture in western Idaho were undertaken. The data indicate three general groups of plutons including (1) those that intruded the island arc terranes during the Triassic and Jurassic, those that intruded near the western edge of oceanic rocks along the suture in the Early Cretaceous, and the plutons of the Idaho batholith that intruded Proterozoic North American rocks in the Late Cretaceous. Plutons that intruded Proterozoic North American rocks commonly include xenocrystic zircons and in several cases, ages could not be determined. The least radiogenic Sr and most radiogenic Nd are found among the Blue Mountains superterrane island arc samples. Suture-zone plutons have isotopic characteristics that span the range between Idaho batholith and island arc samples but mostly follow island arc signatures. Plutons of the Idaho batholith have the most radiogenic initial Pb and Sr ratios and the least radiogenic Nd of the samples analyzed.

  13. Magma Mixing for the Origin of the Granites. Geochemistry, Sr-Nd Isotopic, Zircon U-Pb Dating and Hf Isotopic Evidences from the Triassic Mishuling Monzonitic Granite and Its Enclaves, Qinling Orogen (Central China)

    QIN Jiang-feng; LAI Shao-cong; DIWU Chun-rong; JU Yin-juan; LI Yong-fei

    2008-01-01

    @@ Major and trace element, whole rock Sr-Nd isotope, mineral chemistry, zircon U-Pb and Hf isotope compositions are reported for a suite of I-type monzogranite and its marie microgranular enclaves from the Triassic (210±2 Ma) Mishuling pluton, Qinling orogen, central China, with the aim of investigating the sources and petrogenesis of I-type granites.

  14. Sr-Nd-Pb Isotope Geochemistry of Lesser Qinling%小秦岭碳酸岩的Sr-Nd-Pb同位素地球化学

    王林均; 许成; 吴敏; 宋文磊; 唐红峰

    2012-01-01

    The Lesser Qinling carbonatite is located at the southern margin of North China craton.The Sr,Nd isotopic characteristics are close to the EM1 mantle member [(87Sr/86Sr)i =0.70495~0.70552;εNd =-10.1~4.6],but with low Sr and Nd compared to EM1.The Pb isotopic characteristics of the carbonate rocks are in the range of southern Qinling Mountains,completely different from the North China plate.This implies that the lower crust or mantle of the southern margin of the North China Craton has been mixed with the lower crust of South Qinling.So the carbonatites formed at the stage of extension after collision in the Qinling orogeric belt.This paper also argues that the Triassic granitoids formed under an extension background and were involved in mantle materials from Qinling Orogenic belt.%小秦岭碳酸岩位于华北板块南缘,其(87Sr/86Sr)i与εNd值分别介于0.70495~0.70552和-10.1~4.6之间,紧靠EM1地幔端元,但相对EM1具有低Sr和低Nd特征。Pb同位素与华北板块南缘完全不同,而是落在了南秦岭下地壳范围之内,这表明华北板块南缘下地壳或地幔已经受到南秦岭地壳物质俯冲置换的影响,即在晚三叠纪时期,秦岭地区的碰撞造山作用可能已经结束,转入伸展拉张的构造环境。并进一步论述了秦岭地区三叠纪花岗岩是在深部拉张的构造环境下形成以及具有幔源物质参与的特征。

  15. Considerations on the age of the Bambui Group (MG, Brazil) based on isotopic analyses of Sr and Pb

    Based on radiometric ages, the Bambui Group deposition time is related to the end of the Precambrian. However, the ages determined and released through scientific magazines are mot in agreement (600-1350 m.y.) and many doubts about the geochrological picture of this important lithostratigraphic unit remained for a long time. As a result of the work developed by Metamig, CPGeo (IG-USP) and IPEN (SP), Rb/Sr and Pb/Pb isotopic determinations were done on 31 rocks samples and 17 galenas collected from the Bambui Basin distributed in Minas Gerais State. The Rb/Sr ages of 590 m.y. for Pirapora Formation, 620 m.y. for Tres Marias Formation, and 640 m.y. for the Paraopeba Formation situated in the stable area are linked to sedimentation processes. In the Paracatu region the age of 680 m.y. found for the Paraopeba Formation is related to metamorphic events. The lead isotopic ratios from the galenas suggest an isotopic evolution in two stages. The first ended with the lead separation from the mantle and its incorporation to the crust during events of the Transamazonic Cycle. The second ended when the lead were incorporated to the galenas and seems to be related to one or more events of the Brazilian Cycle. (Author)

  16. Sr and Nd isotopic evidence for petrogenesis of mid-Tertiary felsic volcanism in the mineral district of Zacatecas, Zac. (Sierra Madre Occidental), Mexico

    Twelve samples of mid-Tertiary felsic volcanic rocks from Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi (both belonging to the Sierra Madre Occidental) and one sample of Lower Tertiary porphyritic andesite from Zacatecas are analyzed for 87Sr/86Sr, K, Rb, and Sr. Eight selected samples are also analyzed for 143Nd/144Nd. A linear regression of the present-day 87Sr/86Sr and 87Rb/86Sr of the felsic volcanic rocks in Zacatecas gives an approximate date of 30 +- 8 Ma. The initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios are high and widely distributed (from 0.705 to 0.712 or higher) whereas the initial 143Nd/144Nd ratios are somewhat low and show a narrow range (0.5125-0.5127). The available isotopic and trace-element data are best explained in terms of a binary mixing model in which the magmas derived from a slightly depleted-mantle fractionate and mix with varying proportions of the overlying middle/upper continental crust and undergo further shallow-level fractional crystallization before eruption. This model is also compatible with the trace-element and Sr isotopic data published from other areas of the Sierra Madre Occidental for which a purely mantle origin has been proposed. (orig.)

  17. Carbonate verse silicate Sr isotope in lake sediments and its response to Little Ice Age

    2003-01-01

    The 87Sr/86Sr ratios of silicate (acid-insoluble, AI) and carbonate (acid-soluble, AS) of the lake sediments from the Daihai Lake, Inner Mongolia, since the last 500 years are measured respectively, indicating that chemical weathering of silicate minerals was in an early stage since the Little Ice Age within the Daihai watershed by combination with mineral constitute, Rb/Sr ratio and CaCO3 content in the sediments. During the Little Ice Age maximum, an evident peak in the 87Sr/86Sr ratios of both silicate and carbonate in sediments suggests that a cold climate condition is unfavorable to dissolving radiogenic strontium from silicate minerals. Meanwhile, the variation of 87Sr/86Sr ratios of silicate and carbonate also reflects a projected warming climate favorable to intensifying chemical weathering after the Little Ice Age. Consequently, the 87Sr/86Sr ratio of both silicate and carbonate in inland lake sediments can be used as an effective proxy of the past climate in single watershed.

  18. Pb and Sr isotope and geochemical data from the Pb-Zn deposit Bleiberg (Austria): constraints on the age of mineralization

    The timing of Zn-Pb mineralization hosted by early dolomitized lagoonal limestones (Crest facies) at Bleiberg (Carinthia, Austria) has been constrained using Sr-isotopes. This late stage Zn-Pb mineralization is a special feature of the Bleiberg deposit. Samples of the mineralized Crest facies are characterized by higher concentrations of minor and trace elements (except Ba and Sr) compared to samples from the weakly mineralized Wetterstein limestone of the lagoonal facies. The samples from the Crest facies indicate that a fluid with a minimum 87Sr/86Sr ratio of 0.7083 reacted at 210 ± 30 Ma with carbonate rocks having 87Sr/86Sr ratios of approximately 0.7077 during a late stage of ore formation. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios correlate with the Mn and Cl concentrations. Lead isotope data of whole rock samples of Bleiberg yielded an isochron age of 180 ± 40 Ma. They furthermore confirm the presence of two types of common lead; an isotopically distinct ore lead component is present within and close to the ore bodies. The other common Pb component is present in host rocks and in gangue minerals and is distinguished from the ore lead by lower 207Pb/204Pb and 208Pb/204Pb ratios. The Sr and the Pb ages are consistent with geological evidence indicating a Triassic age of Pb-Zn mineralization and support genetic models emphasizing the role of bacteriogenic sulfate reduction at low temperatures prior to subsidence and burial. Elevated 87Sr/86Sr values (>0.7080) of gangue minerals indicate an epigenetic origin of strontium. Our results are consistent with a genetic model postulating formation of the ore-bearing hydrothermal fluids 'at depth' where they leached lead from pre-upper carboniferous basement rocks. (author)

  19. A summary of Rb-Sr isotope studies in the Archean Hopedale Block and the adjacent proterozoic Makkovik subprovince, Labrador

    Rb-Sr isotope study of thirteen whole-rock suites of Archean and Proterozoic rocks from Hopedale block and Makkovik Subprovince shows that the crustal history began about 3115 Ma ago. We tentatively recognize younger crustal segments that formed 2920 Ma ago, from which Kanairktok intrusives were derived at 2832 +- 178 Ma. In Makkovik Subprovince the Island Harbour granites range in age from 1843 +- 90 to 1794 +- 71 Ma. These ages overlap with the 1847 +-87 Ma age for Kanairktok shear zone mylonites. The Island Harbour granodiorites from inland localities to the southwest are contaminated with Archean rocks in Makkovik Subprovince and their initial 87Sr/86 ratios imply a crustal contribution to their source. In contrast, the Island Harbour granites of Striped Island were derived from a mantle source. The sills of Striped Island are 1635 +- 47 Ma old. An undeformed northeast trending Kikkertavak dolerite dyke from Hopedale block is 1206 +- 120 Ma

  20. B, Sr, O and H Isotopic Compositions of Formation Waters from the Bachu Bulge in the Tarim Basin

    CAI Chunfang; PENG Licai; MEI Bowen; XIAO Yingkai

    2006-01-01

    In order to elucidate the origin and migration of basinal brines in the Bachu Bulge, Tarim Basin, we have carried out analyses on chemical composition, and boron, hydrogen and oxygen isotopes of formation waters together with the XRD of clay minerals from the Paleozoic strata. The waters show Ca, B, Li and Sr enrichment and SO4 depletion in the Carboniferous and Ordovician and K enrichment in part of the Ordovician relative to seawater. The relationship between δD and δ18O shows that all the data of the waters decline towards the Global Meteoric Water Line with the intersection of them close to the present-day local meteoric water, suggesting that modern meteoric water has mixed with evaporated seawater. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios range from 0.7090 to 0.7011, significantly higher than those of the contemporary seawater. The δ11B values range from +19.7 to +32.3‰, showing a decrease with the depth and B concentrations. The results suggest that isotopically distinct B and Sr were derived from external sources. However, since the percentages of illite are shown to increase with depth among clay minerals in the study area, i.e., illite is due to precipitation rather than leaching during deeper burial, it is unlikely for illite to have contributed a significant amount of B to the waters. Thus, B with low δ11B values is interpreted to have been added mainly from thermal degradation of kerogen or the basalts in the Cambrian and Lower Ordovician.

  1. Definition of the optimal terms isotope 82Sr obtaining on cyclotrons U-240

    Analysis of the various nuclear reactions for the production of radionuclide 82Sr was performed and optimum process for the production of this radionuclide was determined. Proton beam energy range for minimizing 85Sr impurity was also determined. The thickness of the RbCl target was calculated

  2. Hydrocarbon filling history and reservoir continuity of oil fields evaluated using {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr isotope ratio variations in formation water, with examples from the North Sea

    Mearns, E.W.; McBride, J.J. [Isotopic Analytical Services Ltd., Aberdeen (United Kingdom)

    1999-02-01

    This paper describes how {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr ratios in formation waters are used to evaluate compartmentalisation of hydrocarbon reservoirs. Strontium Isotope Residual Salt Analysis (SrRSA) of core samples provides a means of measuring {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr ratios in formation water from hydrocarbon columns and aquifers. Smooth SrRSA profiles suggest progressive, uninterrupted, filling and the absence of sealed barriers, while a step change in a profile normally suggests a barrier sealed up-dip from the well penetration. Inferences about lateral connectivity are made by comparing SrRSA profiles from neighbouring wells at TVD. Profiles that are superimposed when plotted at TVD suggest the well sections share a common filling history and lie in the same flow unit. Neighbouring SrRSA profiles that are not superimposed normally suggest segmented compartmentalisation of the reservoir. Post-fill structural tilting of reservoirs and hydrodynamism synchronous with filling are processes which complicate data interpretation. Drilling mud contamination of core water is the most serious technical limitation of the SrRSA technique. (Author)

  3. Monitoring the interaction of hydraulic fracturing fluid with Marcellus Shale using Sr isotopes: a comparison of laboratory experiments with field scale observations (Invited)

    Wall, A. J.; Hakala, A.; Marcon, V.; Joseph, C.

    2013-12-01

    Strontium isotopes have the potential to be an effective tool for differentiating Marcellus Shale derived-fluids from other sources in surface and ground waters (Chapman et al. 2012, doi: 10.1021/es204005g). Water that is co-produced during gas extraction is likely influenced by fluid/rock interactions during hydraulic fracturing (HF) and monitoring changes in Sr isotope ratios can provide insight into reactions occurring within the shale formation. However, questions persist as to what controls the Sr isotopic composition of Marcellus Shale fluids, especially during HF. Here we compare laboratory experiments, simulating the dissolution of the Marcellus Shale during HF, with a time-series of water samples taken from a Marcellus Shale gas wells after HF has occurred. For the laboratory experiments, a core sample of Marcellus Shale from Greene County, PA was crushed and placed into a high P and T reaction vessel. Solutions were added in two different experiments: one with synthetic brine, and another using brine+HF fluid. The HF fluid was made up of components listed on fracfocus.org. Experiments were run for ~16 days at 27.5 MPa and 130oC. Aqueous samples were periodically removed for analysis and Sr isotope ratios were measured by MC-ICP-MS. Using just brine, the pH of the solution decreased from 7.6 to 5.3 after 24 hrs, then reached a steady state at ~6.1. Sr/Ca molar ratios in the fluid started at 2.3 after 24 hours and decreased to 1.8 over ~16 days. During this time only 6% of the total inorganic carbon (TIC) dissolved from the shale. The ɛSr values started at +43.2 and decreased to +42.4. In the experiment using brine+HF fluid, the pH started at 1.8 and rose slowly to a steady value of 5.6 by day 6. The Sr and Ca concentrations were higher than the brine experiment, but the Sr/Ca ratios remained lower at ~0.3 through the experiment. The increased Ca release, as well as the dissolution of over 60% of the TIC, suggests the dissolution of a carbonate mineral

  4. Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotopic constraints on the origin of silicic lavas in the northern Cascade Arc

    Martindale, M.; Mullen, E.; Weis, D.

    2015-12-01

    The Cascade Arc is the type-locality for a 'hot' subduction zone, where the downgoing slab is young and subduction is relatively slow; a unique setting for studying the controls on silicic (>56 wt% SiO2) magma genesis [1,2]. We present high precision Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotopic and trace element data for silicic lavas and country rocks from the major centres of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt (GVB) in British Columbia, which are hosted by the Mesozoic Coast Plutonic Complex and accreted Coast Belt terranes. In isotopic plots, the silicic GVB lavas define mixing curves between northern Cascadia Basin sediment [3] and Juan de Fuca MORB. The silicic GVB lavas have lower ɛNd, and higher ɛHf, 87Sr/86Sr, 208Pb/204Pb and 207Pb/204Pb for a given 206Pb/204Pb than co-existing alkalic mafic lavas [2,4] which define a separate isotopic cluster. The alkalic mafic lavas have OIB-like trace element compositions [2,4], but the silicic lavas are calc-alkaline with a typical 'arc' trace element signature. Geochemical systematics suggest that a mafic, isotopically 'depleted' contaminant may be affecting the composition of GVB silicic lavas. However, modelling indicates that slab melts do not constitute a major component of the lavas despite high slab temperatures. Geochemical models also rule out the accreted Coast Belt terranes as an assimilant. However, AFC modelling using 147 Ma Cloudburst quartz diorite [5] as the assimilant can explain both the trace element and isotopic compositional range displayed by GVB silicic magmas, consistent with the Coast Plutonic Complex as a major component of the deep crust in this region. Crustal assimilation would have partially overprinted any alkalic mantle-derived signature of parental magmas, while imparting a calc-alkaline arc signature to resulting silicic magmas. [1] Green & Harry (1999) EPSL, 171; [2] Mullen & Weis (2013) G3, 14; [3] Carpentier et al. (2014) Chem Geol, 382; [4] Mullen & Weis (2015) EPSL, 414; [5] Friedman & Armstrong (1995) GSA

  5. Sr evolution in the Upper Permian and Lower Triassic carbonates, northeast Sichuan basin, China: Constraints from chemistry, isotope and fluid inclusions

    Petrographic features, C, O and Sr isotopes, rare earth and trace elements were determined, and fluid inclusions were analyzed on various stages of interparticle cements and vug-fillings from the Upper Permian and Lower Triassic sour reservoirs in northeastern Sichuan basin. The aim was to assess the origin and evolution of palaeo-waters in the carbonates. The original water was contemporary seawater, from which marine cements precipitated with slightly high Sr contents (mean 1911 ppm), 87Sr/86Sr ratios from 0.7067 to 0.7082 and nonluminescent CL. The palaeo-seawater was diluted by meteoric water, as indicated by bright cathodoluminescence (CL) and Sr-depletion (0–516 ppm) in low-temperature calcite. When buried to temperatures of about 60–90 °C during Middle to Late Triassic, the palaeo-water was enriched in Sr released from the transformation of precursor aragonite and calcite to dolomite, resulting in precipitation of substantial pre-bitumen Sr-rich minerals (SrSO4 and SrCO3). For un-dolomitized limestone sections, aragonite neomorphism may have contributed Sr to the precipitation of small amounts of Sr-bearing minerals and calcite crystals with elevated homogenization temperatures (HTs, mainly from 90 to 130 °C) and wide Sr contents (from 34 to 3825 ppm), as recorded in stage III calcite. Since the Middle Jurassic, almost all of the early stage celestite and significant amounts of solid CaSO4 have been consumed by reactions with hydrocarbons (i.e., TSR), resulting in water enriched in isotopically light CO2 and HCO3-,Sr2+,Ba2+ and Eu2+, as recorded in calcite with low δ13C values (down to −18.9‰), 87Sr/86Sr ratios from 0.7072 to 0.7076, high HTs (mainly 110–198 °C), positive Eu anomalies and high Sr and Ba contents. Subsequently, the water was uplifted and cooled down to about 115 °C, celestite and strontianite were precipitated with the occurrence of natural elemental S immiscible inclusions. TSR may have produced significant amounts of

  6. Accurate measurements of 129I concentration by isotope dilution using MC-ICPMS for half-life determination

    Determining the 129I concentration, a long-lived radionuclide present in spent nuclear fuel, is a major issue for nuclear waste disposal purpose. 129I also has to be measured in numerous environmental, nuclear and biological samples. To be able to accurately determine the 129I concentration, an analytical method based on the use of a multicollector-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICPMS) combined with an isotope dilution technique using an 127I spike, was developed. First, the influence of different media (HNO3, NaOH and TMAH) on natural 127I signal intensity and stability and on memory effects was studied. Then an analytical procedure was developed by taking into account the correction of blanks and interferences. Tellurium was chosen for instrumental mass bias correction, as no certified standards with suitable 127I/129I ratio are available. Finally, the results, reproducibility and uncertainties obtained for the 129I concentration determined by isotope dilution with a 127I spike are presented and discussed. The final expanded relative uncertainty obtained for the iodine-129 concentration was lower than 0.7% (k = 1). This precise 129I determination in association with further activity measurements of this nuclide on the same sample will render it possible to determine a new value of the 129I half-life with a reduced uncertainty (0.76%, k = 1).

  7. Accurate measurements of {sup 129}I concentration by isotope dilution using MC-ICPMS for half-life determination

    Isnard, Helene; Nonell, Anthony; Marie, Mylene [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies alternatives (CEA), Gif Sur Yvette (France). DEN, DPC, SEARS, LANIE; Chartier, Frederic [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies alternatives (CEA), Gif Sur Yvette (France). DEN, DPC

    2016-05-01

    Determining the {sup 129}I concentration, a long-lived radionuclide present in spent nuclear fuel, is a major issue for nuclear waste disposal purpose. {sup 129}I also has to be measured in numerous environmental, nuclear and biological samples. To be able to accurately determine the {sup 129}I concentration, an analytical method based on the use of a multicollector-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICPMS) combined with an isotope dilution technique using an {sup 127}I spike, was developed. First, the influence of different media (HNO{sub 3}, NaOH and TMAH) on natural {sup 127}I signal intensity and stability and on memory effects was studied. Then an analytical procedure was developed by taking into account the correction of blanks and interferences. Tellurium was chosen for instrumental mass bias correction, as no certified standards with suitable {sup 127}I/{sup 129}I ratio are available. Finally, the results, reproducibility and uncertainties obtained for the {sup 129}I concentration determined by isotope dilution with a {sup 127}I spike are presented and discussed. The final expanded relative uncertainty obtained for the iodine-129 concentration was lower than 0.7% (k = 1). This precise {sup 129}I determination in association with further activity measurements of this nuclide on the same sample will render it possible to determine a new value of the {sup 129}I half-life with a reduced uncertainty (0.76%, k = 1).

  8. Rb-Sr isotope chronology of the mesozoic volcanics northwestern Zhejiang province (China)

    The volcanic complex of Northwestern Zhejiang were previously classified as Jiande Group (upper Jurassic) which was subdivided into Laocun, Huangjian, Shouchang and Henshan formation. The age from the acid volcanic samples of these formation i.e. 132 Ma, 107 Ma and 93 Ma respectively has got by the authors. The results reflect that Laocun and Huangjiang formatiions belong to lower Cretaceous, but Shouchang formation should be classified as upper Cretaceous. The initial 87Sr/86Sr value, in the range of 0.70561-0.71434, showed the volcanic rocks are the anatexisic product of middle-lower sialic crust, and mixed with a little some of the mantle materials since there is individual lower value of 87Sr/86Sr

  9. The origin of the Merensky cyclic unit: Sr-isotopic and mineralogical evidence for an alternative orthomagmatic model

    Mineralogical, Sr-isotopic and field data on the Critical and Main Zones of the Bushveld Complex indicate that the major input of magma at the Merensky level was fundamentally different to the resident magma. The data indicate that the new magma was more evolved and probably compositionally and thermally denser than the resident magma. This implies that the influxes were of a 'fountain' type, and involved the input of cool dense 'gabbroic' magma with a high Sr-isotopic initial ratio into the chamber containing warm buoyant 'noritic' magma with a lower initial ratio. The first fountain of magma entrained and mixed with the resident magma in the chamber, and the blended liquid then flowed along the interface between the resident and the crystalline floor. This cooler magma fountain resulted in the evolution of the two phase blobs as well as immiscible sulphide from the overlaying warmer liquid. These plunged through the new liquid layer to form the Merensky Reef. 37 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab

  10. Ion microprobe Sr isotope analysis of carbonates with about 5 μm spatial resolution: An example from an ayu otolith

    A high lateral resolution secondary ion mass spectrometer (NanoSIMS NS50 ion microprobe) has been used to measure 87Sr/86Sr ratios in natural CaCO3 samples. A ∼2 nA O- primary beam was used to sputter a 5-7-μm diameter crater on the sample surface and secondary positive ions were extracted for mass analysis using an accelerating voltage of 8 kV and a Mattauch-Herzog geometry. The multi-collector system was adjusted to detect 43Ca+ (by a detector EM2), 80Ca2+ (EM3), 86Sr+ (EM4), and 87Sr+ (EM4b) ions at the same time. Then the magnetic field was scanned for the EM4 to detect 85Rb+, 86Sr+ and 87Sr+, while the EM4b can measure 86Sr+, 87Sr+ and 88Sr+, respectively. A mass resolution of 3600 at 10% peak height was attained with a flat peak top, while the sensitivity of Sr was about 10 cps/nA/ppm. An aragonite sample (coral skeleton standard; JCp-1) was used as a reference for Sr isotope ratio calibration. Repeated analyses of the JCp-1 show that the 87Sr/86Sr ratio agrees well with the seawater signature within a precision of 0.3 per mille at 2σ, after the series of corrections such as the Ca dimer, 87Rb, and a mass bias estimated by the 88Sr/86Sr ratio. The method was applied to an otolith (ear-stone) from ayu (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis) collected from the Yodo river, Japan. Although experimental errors are relatively large, up to 3 per mille at 2σ, the ratios of the core region are higher than the seawater signature while more distal values agree well with seawater. The very outermost part again shows the relatively higher 87Sr/86Sr ratios. The spatial variation of 87Sr/86Sr ratios was consistent with amphidromous migration of the fish, namely, born in the lake and grown in the coastal sea and finally collected in a river

  11. Re-Os, Rb-Sr, and O isotopic systematics of the Archean Kolar schist belt, Karnataka, India

    Walker, R.J.; Shirey, S.B.; Hanson, G.N.; Rajamani, V.; Horan, M.F.

    1989-01-01

    The Re-Os, Rb-Sr, and O isotopic compositions of mafic and ultramafic amphibolites, gold ores, and granitic gneisses of the circa 2700 Ma Kolar schist belt reveal at least two episodes of post-magmatic alteration that affected these systems. The Re-Os isotopic systematics of many of the rocks of the belt indicate that Os was introduced to the area via fluids that carried very radiogenic Os ( 187Os 186Os2.4Ga > 39). The source of the radiogenic Os was likely ancient crust. On an outcrop scale, this alteration is also characterized by relatively minor additions of excess 87Sr and ??18O values higher than magmatic. The Rb-Sr systematics of most of these rocks are consistent with closed-system behavior since a period between 2700 and 2400 Ma ago, indicating that the alteration event likely occurred no later than the early Proterozoic. In contrast to this late Archean or early Proterozoic alteration, samples of several komatiitic amphibolites have very 187Os-depleted compositions, indicating that open-system behavior also occurred at a much later time. This alteration may have been caused by surficial weathering or the interaction of the rocks with fluids bearing unradiogenic Os. Results suggest that the Re-Os system may have only limited utility for geochronologic applications in regions for which post-crystallization noble metal mineralization is evident (e.g., gold ores). In such regions, however, the system may have an important application in assessing the timing and the ultimate sources of noble metal additions. ?? 1989.

  12. Ca, Sr, Mo and U isotopes evidence ocean acidification and deoxygenation during the Late Permian mass extinction

    Silva-Tamayo, Juan Carlos; Payne, Jon; Wignall, Paul; Newton, Rob; Eisenhauer, Anton; Weyer, Stenfan; Neubert, Nadja; Lau, Kim; Maher, Kate; Paytan, Adina; Lehrmann, Dan; Altiner, Demir; Yu, Meiyi

    2014-05-01

    The most catastrophic extinction event in the history of animal life occurred at the end of the Permian Period, ca. 252 Mya. Ocean acidification and global oceanic euxinia have each been proposed as causes of this biotic crisis, but the magnitude and timing of change in global ocean chemistry remains poorly constrained. Here we use multiple isotope systems - Ca, Sr, Mo and U - measured from well dated Upper Permian- Lower Triassic sedimentary sections to better constrain the magnitude and timing of change in ocean chemistry and the effects of ocean acidification and de-oxygenation through this interval. All the investigated carbonate successions (Turkey, Italy and China) exhibit decreasing δ44/40Ca compositions, from ~-1.4‰ to -2.0‰ in the interval preceding the main extinction. These values remain low during most of the Griesbachian, to finally return to -1.4‰ in the middle Dienerian. The limestone succession from southern Turkey also displays a major decrease in the δ88/86Sr values from 0.45‰ to 0.3‰ before the extinction. These values remain low during the Griesbachian and finally increase to 0.55‰ by the middle Dienerian. The paired negative anomalies on the carbonate δ44/40Ca and δ88/86Sr suggest a decrease in the carbonate precipitation and thus an episode of ocean acidification coincident with the major biotic crisis. The Mo and U isotope records also exhibit significant rapid negative anomalies at the onset of the main extinction interval, suggesting rapid expansion of anoxic and euxinic marine bottom waters during the extinction interval. The rapidity of the isotope excursions in Mo and U suggests substantially reduced residence times of these elements in seawater relative to the modern, consistent with expectations for a time of widespread anoxia. The large C-isotope variability within Lower Triassic rocks, which is similar to that of the Lower-Middle Cambrian, may reflect biologically controlled perturbations of the oceanic carbon cycle

  13. A model that helps explain Sr-isotope disequilibrium between feldspar phenocrysts and melt in large-volume silicic magma systems

    Duffield, Wendell A.; Ruiz, Joaquin

    1998-12-01

    Feldspar phenocrysts of silicic volcanic rocks are commonly in Sr-isotopic disequilibrium with groundmass. In some cases the feldspar is more radiogenic, and in others it is less radiogenic. Several explanations have been published previously, but none of these is able to accommodate both senses of disequilibrium. We present a model by which either more- or less-radiogenic feldspar (or even both within a single eruptive unit) can originate. The model requires a magma body open to interaction with biotite- and feldspar-bearing wall rock. Magma is incrementally contaminated as wall rock melts incongruently. Biotite preferentially melts first, followed by feldspar. Such melting behavior, which is supported by both field and experimental studies, first contaminates magma with a relatively radiogenic addition, followed by a less-radiogenic addition. Feldspar phenocrysts lag behind melt (groundmass of volcanic rock) in incorporating the influx of contaminant, thus resulting in Sr-isotopic disequilibrium between the crystals and melt. The sense of disequilibrium recorded in a volcanic rock depends on when eruption quenches the contamination process. This model is testable by isotopic fingerprinting of individual feldspar crystals. For a given set of geologic boundary conditions, specific core-to-rim Sr-isotopic profiles are expectable. Moreover, phenocrysts that nucleate at different times during the contamination process should record different and predictable parts of the history. Initial results of Sr-isotopic fingerprinting of sanidine phenocrysts from the Taylor Creek Rhyolite are consistent with the model. More tests of the model are desirable.

  14. Multiple sources for the origin of granites: Geochemical and Nd/Sr isotopic evidence from the Gudaoling granite and its mafic enclaves, northeast China

    Yang, Jin-Hui; Wu, Fu-Yuan; Chung, Sun-Lin; Wilde, Simon A.; Chu, Mei-Fei

    2004-11-01

    Geochemical and Sr- and Nd-isotopic data have been determined for mafic to intermediate microgranular enclaves and host granitoids from the Early Cretaceous Gudaoling batholith in the Liaodong Peninsula, NE China. The rocks include monzogranite, porphyric granodiorite and quartz diorite. Monzogranites have relatively high 87Rb/ 86Sr ratios (0.672-0.853), low initial 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios (0.7052-0.7086) and ɛ Nd(t) values (-18.5 to -20.9) indicating that they were mainly derived from a newly underplated crustal source with a short crustal residence time. Quartz diorites have high initial 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios (0.7118-0.7120) and negative ɛ Nd(t) values (-13.2 to -18.1) coupled with high Al 2O 3 and MgO contents, indicating they were derived from enriched lithospheric mantle with contributions of radiogenic Sr from plagioclase-rich metagreywackes or meta-igneous rocks, i.e., ancient lower crust. Two groups of enclaves with igneous textures and abundant acicular apatites are distinguished: dioritic enclaves and biotite monzonitic enclaves. Dioritic enclaves have low Al 2O 3 (13.5-16.4 wt%) and high MgO (Mg# = ˜72.3) concentrations, low initial 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios (0.7058-0.7073) and negative ɛ Nd(t) values (˜-7.2), and are enriched in LILEs and LREEs and depleted in HFSEs, suggesting they were derived from an enriched lithospheric mantle source. Biotite monzonitic enclaves have Sr and Nd isotopic compositions similar to the monzogranites, indicating they were crystal cumulates of the parental magmas of these monzogranites. Granodiorites have transitional geochemistry and Nd- and Sr-isotopic compositions, intermediate between the monzogranites, quartz diorites and the enclaves. Geochemical and Sr- and Nd-isotopic compositions rule-out simple crystal-liquid fractionation or restite unmixing as the major genetic link between enclaves and host rocks. Instead, magma mixing of mafic mantle-derived and juvenile crustal-derived magmas, coupled with crystal fractionation and

  15. Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopes in Proterozoic intrusives astride the Grenville Front in Labrador - Implications for crustal contamination and basement mapping

    Ashwal, L. D.; Wooden, J. L.; Emslie, R. F.

    1986-01-01

    Trace element and Pb, Sr, and Nd isotopic compositions of anorthosites and related rocks, and of younger mafic dikes from Harp Lake and Mealy Mountains in Labrador, Canada are estimated and compared. The effects of crustal component contaminants on the isotopic compositions of the dikes are investigated. The correlation between the isotopic data and the crustal contamination model is studied. It is observed that for Harp Lake the initial Sr ratios are higher and the Nd values are lower than Mealy samples, and the data do not correspond to the crustal contamination model; however, the Pb isotope data favor a crustal contamination model. It is noted that the Labrador segment of the Grenville Front appears to coincide with the southern margin of the Archean North Atlantic craton, and may represent a pre mid-Proterozoic suture.

  16. Channelling of hydrothermal fluids during the accretion and evolution of the upper oceanic crust: Sr isotope evidence from ODP Hole 1256D

    Harris, Michelle; Coggon, Rosalind M.; Smith-Duque, Christopher E.; Cooper, Matthew J.; Milton, James A.; Teagle, Damon A. H.

    2015-04-01

    ODP Hole 1256D in the eastern equatorial Pacific is the first penetration of a complete section of fast spread ocean crust down to the dike-gabbro transition, and only the second borehole to sample in situ sheeted dikes after DSDP Hole 504B. Here a high spatial resolution record of whole rock and mineral strontium isotopic compositions from Site 1256 is combined with core observations and downhole wireline geophysical measurements to determine the extent of basalt-hydrothermal fluid reaction and to identify fluid pathways at different levels in the upper ocean crust. The volcanic sequence at Site 1256 is dominated by sheet and massive lava flows but the Sr isotope profile shows only limited exchange with seawater. However, the upper margins of two anomalously thick (>25 m) massive flow sequences are strongly hydrothermally altered with elevated Sr isotope ratios and appear to be conduits of lateral low-temperature off-axis fluid flow. Elsewhere in the lavas, high 87Sr/86Sr are restricted to breccia horizons. Mineralised hyaloclastic breccias in the Lava-Dike Transition are strongly altered to Mg-saponite, silica and pyrite, indicating alteration by mixed seawater and cooled hydrothermal fluids. In the Sheeted Dike Complex 87Sr/86Sr ratios are pervasively shifted towards hydrothermal fluid values (∼0.705). Dike chilled margins display secondary mineral assemblages formed during both axial recharge and discharge and have higher 87Sr/86Sr than dike cores, indicating preferential fluid flow along dike margins. Localised increases in 87Sr/86Sr in the Dike-Gabbro Transition indicates the channelling of fluids along the sub-horizontal intrusive boundaries of the 25 to 50 m-thick gabbroic intrusions, with only minor increases in 87Sr/86Sr within the cores of the gabbro bodies. When compared to the pillow lava-dominated section from Hole 504B, the Sr isotope measurements from Site 1256 suggest that the extent of hydrothermal circulation in the upper ocean crust may be

  17. Toward Complete Isotopic Analysis of Individual Presolar Silicon Carbide Grains: C, N, Si, Sr, Zr, Mo, and Ba in Single Grains of Type X

    Pellin, M. J.; Calaway, W. F.; Davis, A. M.; Lewis, R. S.; Amari, S.; Clayton, R. N.

    2000-01-01

    The isotopic compositions of Sr, Ba, Zr and Mo in single presolar SiC grains from supernovae are different from those expected from either of the dominant heavy element neutron capture nucleosynthesis mechanisms, the s-process and the r-process.

  18. Lithogeochemistry and Sr-Nd isotopic composition of Neoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks of the Teplá Crystalline Complex, western Bohemian Massif: a geotectonic interpretation

    Fiala, Jiří; Henjes-Kunst, F.; Müller-Sigmund, H.; Vejnar, Zdeněk

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 59, č. 4 (2014), s. 293-311. ISSN 1802-6222 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : metasedimentary rocks * geochemistry * Sr-Nd isotopes * provenance * Tepla Crystalline Complex * Bohemian Massif Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry Impact factor: 1.405, year: 2014

  19. Petrochemical and Sr-Nd isotope investigations of Cretaceous intrusive rocks and their enclaves in the Togouchi-Yoshiwa district, northwest Hiroshima prefecture, SW Japan

    Petrographic, petrochemical and Sr-Nd isotopic data are presented for granitoids and microdioritic enclaves from two Cretaceous stocks (Togouchi granodiorite and Tateiwayama granite porphyry) from the Togouchi-Yoshiwa district, northwest Hiroshima prefecture, SW Japan. The data are used to examine the genetic relationships between the microdioritic enclaves and their granitoid hosts. The granodiorite, granite porphyry and the microdioritic enclaves are all calc-alkaline in nature, and belong to the I-type ilmenite series. The Togouchi graniodiorite has a Rb-Sr whole rock isochron age of 85.6±4.7 Ma with an initial Sr isotope ratio (SrI) of 0.70634±0.00012 (2σ). The Tateiwayama granite porphyry has a slightly younger Rb-Sr whole isochron age (77.4±3.1 Ma) but similar SrI of 0.70653±0.00015, suggesting that both stocks may have been derived from the same source. Despite diverse whole rock chemistry, the microdioritic enclaves in the respective intrusives have quite similar initial Sr and Nd isotope ratios, suggesting that they formed by fractional crystallization of a single magma, and also that the source of the enclaves in both intrusives had similar geochemical characteristics. In both stocks, however, the enclaves have distinctly lower initial Sr isotope ratios than their respective host rocks, indicating that they were derived from a different source than their hosts. In view of the geochemical and Sr-Nd isotope data, we infer that the enclave magmas were derived from a similar LILE- and LREE-enriched source to that of the Cretaceous basalts and gabbroic-dioritic rocks that are sporadically distributed in SW Japan. Such mafic to intermediate magmas were probably derived from the upper mantle, and transferred both heat and material to the lower crust, thus producing granitic magmas by partial melting. Successive mafic magmas or their differentiates could then have been injected into the granitic magma chamber, trapped and quenched, resulting in the formation

  20. Fractionation of cesium isotopes and 90Sr in snowmelt run-off and lake waters from a contaminated Norwegian mountain catchment

    Cesium isotopes and 90Sr have been determined in the inflow and outflow rivers of a Norwegian subalpine lake. The lake is situated in an area contaminated by Chernobyl fallout. Sampling was carried out during the spring peak discharge period associated with snowmelt. Transported coarse particulate plant material was collected by traps. Particles and colloids were removed from water samples by hollow fibre ultrafiltration. The results illustrate that run-off during the spring snowmelt is an important pathway for these radionuclides. The cesium isotopes are predominantly transported as colloids, while 90Sr is present in the form of low molecular weight mobile species. Based on lake budget calculations, more than 50% of the cesium input is retained in the lake, while more than 90% of the 90Sr is transported through the lake and into lower parts of the drainage system. (author) 16 refs.; 6 figs.; 3 tabs

  1. Major and trace element abundances, and Sr and Nd isotopic composition of Carbonatites from Amba Dongar, Gujarat, India

    Chandra, Jyoti; Paul, Debajyoti; Viladkar, Shrinivas G.; Sensarma, Sarajit

    2015-04-01

    Despite significant progress during the last decade, the petrogenesis of carbonatites is still highly debated regarding the exact mechanism of carbonatite magma generation (fractional crystallization of carbonated-silicate magmas, liquid immiscibility of carbonated-silicate magmas, partial melting of carbonated mantle peridotite or carbonated lherzolitic mantle) and its evolution. The Amba Dongar carbonatite complex in Chhota Udaipur district, Gujarat is the youngest Indian carbonatite complex, which intruded into the ~ 90 Ma Bagh sandstones and limestone and 68-65 Ma Deccan flood basalts. The emplacement age (40Ar/39Ar age of 65±0.3 Ma; Ray and Pande, 1999) coincides with the age of main pulse of Deccan flood basalts at ca. 65 Ma. We report new geochemical data (major oxide and trace element abundances, and Sr and Nd isotopic ratios) on 23 carbonatite samples from Amba Dongar. The Amba Dongar carbonatite complex consists of carbonatite (sövite, and ankerite), and associated nephelinite, phonolite, and both pre- and post-carbonatite basalts. Detailed minerology of carbonatite include dominant calcite along with pyrochlore, apatite, magnetite, aegirine-augite and accessory phases. Apatite crystals are observed in carbonatite as well as in nephelinite. In sövites, apatite occur in various forms including cumulus, clusters and scattered within and along the boundary of calcite crystals. Two generation of apatite crystals are commonly observed in sövite and nephelinite; textural changes suggest presence of different five pulses of sövitic magma during the emplacement of the sövite ring dike. Bulk major oxides and trace element (including REEs) compositions of carbonatites and associated silicate rocks are determined by WD-XRF and ICP-MS, respectively. Major oxides abundances are consistent with the already available data on the Amba Dongar carbonatite complex. Trace element concentrations for the sövite reveals high concentrations of Sr (929-7476 ppm), Ba (344

  2. A hydrogen gas-water equilibration method produces accurate and precise stable hydrogen isotope ratio measurements in nutrition studies

    Stable hydrogen isotope methodology is used in nutrition studies to measure growth, breast milk intake, and energy requirement. Isotope ratio MS is the best instrumentation to measure the stable hydrogen isotope ratios in physiological fluids. Conventional methods to convert physiological fluids to ...

  3. Cluster emission in superdeformed Sr isotopes in the ground state and formed in heavy-ion reaction

    K P Santhosh; Antony Joseph

    2005-01-01

    Cluster decay of superdeformed 76,78,80Sr isotopes in their ground state are studied taking the Coulomb and proximity potential as the interacting barrier for the post-scission region. The predicted 1/2 values are found to be in close agreement with those values reported by the preformed cluster model (PCM). Our calculation shows that these nuclei are stable against both light and heavy cluster emissions. We studied the decay of these nuclei produced as an excited compound system in heavy-ion reaction. It is found that inclusion of excitation energy increases the decay rate (decreases 1/2 value) considerably and these nuclei become unstable against decay. These findings support earlier observation of Gupta et al based on PCM.

  4. Sr-Nd isotope changes of late cretaceous to early miocene volcanic rocks in central Chile (33oS)

    A longitudinal depression, the Central Valley, separates the Coast Range from the Andean Cordillera in central Chile. It contains volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks of Late Cretaceous to Tertiary age deposited in a continental environment, and partly eroded Tertiary volcanic complexes. The age of the rocks at the northern end of the Central Valley and their grouping in formations have been a long-standing controversy in Chilean geology (Thomas, 1958; Aguirre, 1960; Drake et al., 1976; Vergara and Drake, 1979; Thiele, 1980; Moscoso et al., 1982; Gana and Wall, 1997; Lopez-Escobar and Vergara, 1997; Selles, 1999). Here, we report new 40Ar/39Ar data and Sr-Nd isotope ratios for lavas, pyroclastic flows and associated subvolcanic rocks from this part of central Chile (au)

  5. A sensitive and accurate method for determination of radium isotopes in environmental samples by alpha-spectrometry

    A sensitive and accurate method for determination of radium isotopes in water and soil samples by alpha-spectrometry has been developed. Ra-225, which is in equilibrium with its mother 229Th, was used as a yield tracer. Radium in water samples was preconcentrated by coprecipitation with BaSO4 and iron (III) hydroxide at pH 8-9 using ammonia solution, isolated from uranium, thorium and iron using a Microthene-TOPO chromatography column at 8 M HCl, separated from barium in a cation-exchange resin column using 0.05 M 1,2-cyclo hexylene- dinitrilo-tetraacetic acid monohydrate at pH 8.5 as an eluant, electrodeposited on a stainless steel disc in a medium of 0.17 M (NH4)2C2O4 at pH 2.6 and current density of 400 mA cm-2, and counted by α-spectrometry. Radium in soil samples was fused with Na2CO3 and Na2O2 at 600 degree C, leached with HNO3, HCl and HF, and. preconcentrated by coprecipitation with BaSO4 at pH 3. The procedure for further separation, purification electrodeposition and measurement of radium in soil samples was same as that for water samples.

  6. Multiple linear regression for isotopic measurements

    Garcia Alonso, J. I.

    2012-04-01

    There are two typical applications of isotopic measurements: the detection of natural variations in isotopic systems and the detection man-made variations using enriched isotopes as indicators. For both type of measurements accurate and precise isotope ratio measurements are required. For the so-called non-traditional stable isotopes, multicollector ICP-MS instruments are usually applied. In many cases, chemical separation procedures are required before accurate isotope measurements can be performed. The off-line separation of Rb and Sr or Nd and Sm is the classical procedure employed to eliminate isobaric interferences before multicollector ICP-MS measurement of Sr and Nd isotope ratios. Also, this procedure allows matrix separation for precise and accurate Sr and Nd isotope ratios to be obtained. In our laboratory we have evaluated the separation of Rb-Sr and Nd-Sm isobars by liquid chromatography and on-line multicollector ICP-MS detection. The combination of this chromatographic procedure with multiple linear regression of the raw chromatographic data resulted in Sr and Nd isotope ratios with precisions and accuracies typical of off-line sample preparation procedures. On the other hand, methods for the labelling of individual organisms (such as a given plant, fish or animal) are required for population studies. We have developed a dual isotope labelling procedure which can be unique for a given individual, can be inherited in living organisms and it is stable. The detection of the isotopic signature is based also on multiple linear regression. The labelling of fish and its detection in otoliths by Laser Ablation ICP-MS will be discussed using trout and salmon as examples. As a conclusion, isotope measurement procedures based on multiple linear regression can be a viable alternative in multicollector ICP-MS measurements.

  7. Ca, Sr, O and D isotope approach to defining the chemical evolution of hydrothermal fluids: example from Long Valley, CA, USA

    Brown, Shaun T.; Kennedy, B. Mack; DePaolo, Donald J.; Hurwitz, Shaul; Evans, William C.

    2013-01-01

    We present chemical and isotopic data for fluids, minerals and rocks from the Long Valley meteoric-hydrothermal system. The samples encompass the presumed hydrothermal upwelling zone in the west moat of the caldera, the Casa Diablo geothermal field, and a series of wells defining a nearly linear, ∼16 km long, west-to-east trend along the likely fluid flow path. Fluid samples were analyzed for the isotopes of water, Sr, and Ca, the concentrations of major cations and anions, alkalinity, and total CO2. Water isotope data conform to trends documented in earlier studies, interpreted as indicating a single hydrothermal fluid mixing with local groundwater. Sr isotopes show subtle changes along the flow path, which requires rapid fluid flow and minimal reaction between the channelized fluids and the wallrocks. Sr and O isotopes are used to calculate fracture spacing using a dual porosity model. Calculated fracture spacing and temperature data for hydrothermal fluids indicate the system is (approximately) at steady-state. Correlated variations among total CO2, and the concentration and isotopic composition of Ca suggest progressive fluid degassing (loss of CO2), which drives calcite precipitation as the fluid flows west-to-east and cools. The shifts in Ca isotopes require that calcite precipitated at temperatures of 150–180 °C is fractionated by ca. −0.3‰ to −0.5‰ relative to aqueous species. Our data are the first evidence that Ca isotopes undergo kinetic fractionation at high temperatures (>100 °C) and can be used to trace calcite precipitation along hydrothermal fluid flow paths.

  8. Toward complete isotopic analysis of individual presolar silicon carbide grains : C, N, Si, Sr, Zr, Mo, and Ba in single grains of type X.

    Pellin, M. J.; Calaway, W. F.; Davis, A. M.; Lewis, R. S.; Amari, S.; Clayton, R. N.

    2000-03-01

    Presolar silicon carbide grains form in a variety of types of stars, including asymptotic giant branch red giant stars and supernovae. The dominant mechanisms of heavy element nucleosynthesis, the s-process and r-process, are thought to occur mainly in AGB stars and supernovae, respectively [1]. We have previously reported that mainstream SiC grains have strong enrichments in the s-process isotopes of Sr, Zr and Mo [2-4] and initial results for X-type SiC grains showing enrichments in the r-process isotopes of Mo[5]. We report here the first measurements of Zr, Sr, and Ba isotopes along with expanded studies of Mo in individual X-type SiC grains, which have previously been identified as having formed from supernova ejects.

  9. Age and petrology of the Kalaupapa Basalt, Molokai, Hawaii ( geochemistry, Sr isotopes).

    Clague, D.A.

    1982-01-01

    The post-erosional Kalaupapa Basalt on East Molokai, Hawaii, erupted between 0.34 and 0.57 million years ago to form the Kalaupapa Peninsula. The Kalaupapa Basalt ranges in composition from basanite to lava transitional between alkalic and tholeiitic basalt. Rare-earth and other trace-element abundances suggest that the Kalaupapa Basalt could be generated by 11-17% partial melting of a light-REE-enriched source like that from which the post-erosional lavas of the Honolulu Group on Oahu were generated by 2-11% melting. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios of the lavas range from 0.70320 to 0.70332, suggesting that the variation in composition mainly reflects variation in the melting process rather than heterogeneity of sources. The length of the period of volcanic quiescence that preceded eruption of post-erosional lavas in the Hawaiian Islands decreased as volcanism progressed from Kauai toward Kilauea. - Authors

  10. A Nd and Sr isotopic study of the Trinity peridotite; implications for mantle evolution

    Field evidence indicates that the Trinity peridotite was partially melted during its rise as a part of the upwelling convecting mantle at a spreading center. A Sm-Nd mineral isochron for a plagioclase Iherzolite yields an age, T=427+-32 Ma and initial epsilonsub(Nd)=+10.4-+0.4 which is distinctly higher than that expected for typical depleted mantle at this time. This age is interpreted as the time of crystallization of trapped melt in the plagioclase Iherzolite P-T field. This time of crystallization probably represents the time when the massif was incorporated as a part of the oceanic lithosphere. The Sm-Nd model age of the plagioclase Iherzolite total rock is Tsub(CHUR)sup(Nd)=3.4 AE. This suggests that the Trinity peridotite was derived from a mantle that was depleted rather early in earth history. The peridotite contains many generations of pyroxenite dikes and some microgabbro dikes. We report data for two dikes that clearly crosscut the main metamorphic fabric of the peridotite. A microgabbro dike yields a Sm-Nd mineral isochron age of T=435+-21 Ma and epsilonsub(Nd)=+6.7-+0.3. A pyroxenite dike yields an initial epsilonsub(Nd)=+7.3+-0.4. The initial epsilonsub(Nd) values for the pyroxenite and gabbro dikes are fairly similar to those for the depleted mantle at this time and are distinct from the Iherzolit - demonstrating that they are not genetically related. Rb-Sr data do not give any coherent pattern. However, some bounds can be put on initial Sr values of epsilonsub(Sr)<=-21 for the plagioclase Iherzolite and epsilonsub(Sr)<=-8.7 for the microgabbro dike. (orig.)

  11. U and Sr Isotopes in ground water and calcite, Yucca Mountain, Nevada: Evidence against upwelling water

    Stuckless, J.S.; Peterman, Z.E.; Muhs, D.R.

    1991-01-01

    Hydrogenic calcite and opaline silica deposits in fault zones at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, have created considerable public and scientific controversy because of the possible development of a high-level nuclear waste repository at this location. Strontium and uranium isotopic compositions of hydrogenic materials were used to test whether the veins could have formed by upwelling of deep-seated waters. The vein deposits are isotopically distinct from ground water in the two aquifers that underlie Yucca Mountain, indicating that the calcite could not have precipitated from ground water. The data are consistent with a surficial origin for the hydrogenic deposits.

  12. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic study of the Glen Mountains layered complex: Initiation of rifting within the southern Oklahoma aulacogen

    Lambert, David D.; Unruh, D. M.; Gilbert, M. Charles

    1988-01-01

    Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic data for rocks and minerals of the Glen Mountains layered complex (GMLC), a midcontinent mafic layered intrusion in the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma, constrain the time of initiation of rifting within the southern Oklahoma aulacogen and provide information on the chemistry of the early Paleozoic mantle. Four whole-rock samples define a Rb-Sr isochron corresponding to a maximum crystallization age of 577 ±165 Ma and an initial Sr isotopic composition of 0.70359 ±2. These whole-rock analyses do not define a Sm-Nd isochron; rather, they display a significant range in initial Nd isotopic composition (ɛNd = 3.63-5.35). A three-point Sm-Nd mineral-whole-rock (internal) isochron for an anorthositic gabbro provides a crystallization age of 528 ±29 Ma. These data suggest that the GMLC was emplaced into the southern Oklahoma aulacogen during the initial phase of rifting along the southern margin of the North American craton in the early Paleozoic. This Sm-Nd internal isochron age is within analytical uncertainty of U-Pb zircon ages for granites and rhyolites from the Wichita Mountains; therefore, mafic and felsic magmatism may have been contemporaneous within the rift during the early stages of development. Hybrid rocks and composite dikes in the Wichita Mountains provide field evidence for contemporaneous mafic and felsic magmas. Initial Sr and Nd isotopic data suggest that magmas parental to the GMLC were derived from a depleted mantle source. However, Nd isotopic data for the GMLC plot distinctly below data for the depleted mantle source cited by DePaolo and thus suggest that the parental magmas of the GMLC were either contaminated by Proterozoic crust of the southern midcontinent or were derived from a heterogeneous mantle source region that had variable initial Nd isotopic compositions.

  13. Geochemistry of Late Mesozoic mafic dykes in western Fujian Province of China:Sr-Nd isotope and trace element constraints

    2007-01-01

    The Bancun diabase dyke and the Bali hornblende gabbro dyke in western Fuiian Province were emplaced in the Early and Late Cretaceous periods,respectively;the former is designated to calc-alkaline series and the latter to K-high-calc-alkaline rock series.Both the dykes are characterized by such geochemical characteristics as high Al and Na2O>K2O.As for the Bancun dyke,A12O3=16.32%-17.54%and K2O/Na2O=0.65-0.77;as for the Bali dyke,A12O3=16.89%-17.81%and K2O,Na2O=O.93-O.99.Both the Bancun and Bali mafic dykes are relatively endched in LILE and LREE,but depleted in HSFE, displaying the geochemical characteristics of continental marginal arc,with high initial Sr isotopic ratios and low εNd values,The (87Sr/86Sr)i ratios of the Bancun diabase dyke are within the range of 0.708556-0.70903 and their εNd(t)values vary between-6.8 and-6.3;those of the Bali hornblende dyke are within the range of 0.708556-0.710746 and their εNd(t) values are -4.7--4.7,showing the characteristics of enriched mantle EM Ⅱ.The isotope and trace element data showed that the mafic dykes have not experienced obvious crustal contamination,and metasomatism caused by subduction fluids is the main factor leading to LILE and UREE enrichments.The enriched mantle is the source region for the mafic dykes,and mixing of subduction fluid metasomatized enriched mantle and EM Ⅱ-type mantle constituted the mantle source region of both the Bancun and Bali mafic dykes.Upwelling of the asthenosphere mantle provided sufficient heat energy for the generation of magmas.In accordance with the discrimination diagram of their tectonic settings as well as their trace element geochemical characteristics,it is considered that the dykes both at Bancun and Bali possess the characteristics of continental marginal arc,revealing the tectonic environment of formation of the mafic dykes,the continental dynamic background as an intraplate tensional belt in which the mafic dykes were emplaced.Meanwhile,it is also indicated

  14. Petrology, Geochemistry and Nd-Sr-Pb Isotopic Properties of Volcanic Rocks in Daheishan Island, Penglai, Shandong Province

    Fu Yongtao; Li Anchun

    2003-01-01

    The major elements, trace elements, K-Ar age and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic systems of the Cenozoic volcanic rocks in Daheishan Island and Cishan, Penglai, Shandong Province are measured. The volcanic rocks ( olivine-nephelinite and nepheline-basanite ) in Daheishan Island erupted periodically in an interval of 0.32 Ma, from 8.72 Ma, 8.39 Ma, 8.08 Ma to 7.73 Ma. The volcanic rocks are all rich in light REEs. They are similar to the OIB-type alkali basalt in the trace elements normalized model by primordial mantle: rich in high field elements such as Nb and Ta, and imcompatible elements such as Cs, Rb, Ba, Th, U. The volcanic rocks show a depletion of K and Rb elements. It is suggested by the trace elements that the olivine-nephelinite in Daheishan Island is originated from deep resources under the continental mantle. ε Nd (0) values of the volcanic rocks in Daheishan Island and Cisban are 5.31 ~ 8.51 and 7.33 respectively, suggesting that the volcanic rocks are from the depleted mantle resources, which have higher Sm/Nd ratios than the CHUR. 143Nd /144Nd ratios of Daheishan Island olivine-nephelinite and Cishan alkali basalts are 0.512 910 ~ 0.513 074 and 0.513 014 respectively. The 87Sr /86Sr of Daheishan Island volcanic rocks are lower than that of Cishan, 0.703 427 ~ 0.703 482 and 0.703 895 respectively. The Daheishan Island olivinenephelinite has the Pb isotopic values as follows: 206Pb /204pb = 18.028 9 ~ 17.972 8, 207Pb /204pb= 15.435 8 ~ 15.402 2 and 208Pb /204Pb = 38.087 6 ~ 37.997 5, lower than those of Cishan basanite. The Cishan basanite has 206Pb /204pb = 18.240 1, 207Pb /204Pb = 15.564 5 and 208Pb /204pb = 38.535. The authors suggest that the olivine-nephelinite in Daheishan Island is similar to the E-type MORB or Hawaii OIB, and the alkali basalts in Cishan similar to the Kerguelen OIB. The dominant mantle components of DM+PREMA and perhaps DM ( Dupal type ) are the dominant mantle components for volcanic rocks in Daheishan Island and Cishan. The

  15. Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic evidence for ancient lower continental crust beneath the Xi Ujimqin area of NE China

    Gao, Xiaofeng; Guo, Feng; Xiao, Peixi; Kang, Lei; Xi, Rengang

    2016-05-01

    The Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) is the largest Phanerozoic accretionary orogen on Earth. The role that Precambrian continental microblocks played in its formation, however, remains a highly controversial topic. New zircon U-Pb age data and whole-rock geochemical and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic studies on Permian (253-251 Ma) andesites from the Xi Ujimqin area provide the first evidence for the existence of a continental lower mafic crust in the eastern segment of the CAOB. These Permian lavas generally have chemical compositions similar to experimental melts of garnet pyroxenites. Based on Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic compositional differences, they can be further subdivided into two groups. Group 1 has moderately radiogenic Sr (87Sr/86Sr(i) = 0.7060-0.7062) and nonradiogenic Nd (εNd(t) = - 9.0-8.3) and Pb (e.g., 206Pb/204Pb = 17.18-17.23) isotopic compositions similar to the ancient lower mafic crust beneath the North China Craton (NCC). Compared with Group 1, Group 2 has less radiogenic Sr (87Sr/86Sr(i) = 0.7051-0.7055), and more radiogenic Nd (εNd(t) = - 0.2-+1.4) and Pb (e.g., 206Pb/204Pb = 18.04-18.20) isotopic compositions as observed in the Phanerozoic granitoids and felsic lavas of the CAOB. The combined geochemical and isotopic data indicate that Group 1 was derived from ancient lower mafic crust of the NCC affinity, with a residual assemblage of pyroxene + plagioclase + amphibole. The source for Group 2 was a mixture of ancient lower mafic crust and a juvenile crustal component, and melting left a residue of orthopyroxene + clinopyroxene + plagioclase + garnet + amphibole. Generation of these two types of late Permian andesites favors a model whereby breakoff of a subducted slab and subsequent lithospheric extension triggered extensive asthenospheric upwelling and melting of the continental mafic lower crust of the eastern CAOB. The discovery of ancient lower continental crust of the NCC affinity in the CAOB implies that the NCC experienced continental breakup during

  16. Impact of transboundary air pollution on our alpine water resources: Application of multi-isotope (N, S, O, Pb, Sr)

    Karst and other sensitive aquifers contribute up to 90% to the total drinking water supply in some European regions. However, they are more vulnerable to contamination than other aquifers due to short transfer times from recharge to source. Therefore, the main objective of this paper is to show possibilities to quantify the impact, even small of long distance air pollution on sensitive water resources (e.g. karst) even in relatively pristine and remote areas as the front-range of the Northern Calcareous Alps in Austria. The monthly precipitation (May and September 2005) samples show 18O-rich nitrate and sulphate ions, whereas the soil nitrate shows variable contribution of atmospheric nitrogen with depth. Sulphate in the soil profile changes in the direction to lower 18O and higher 34S values with depth. Assuming the values of precipitation and soil for nitrate and precipitation and the dolomite rocks for sulphate and end-members the contribution of atmospheric nitrate and sulphate in the groundwater are estimated in the range of 20-40%. In addition, strontium isotopes support that up to 25% more atmospheric radiogenic Sr is added to the groundwater. Isotope data confirm that considerable amounts of atmospheric pollution is added to sensitive karst-groundwater by preferential flow. (author)

  17. Quantum critical origin of the superconducting dome and the isotope effect in SrTiO3

    Kedem, Yaron; Edge, Jonathan; Aschauer, Ulrich; Spaldin, Nicola; Balatsky, Alexander

    We expand the notion that quantum criticality can induce superconductivity, by proposing a concrete mechanism for superconductivity due to quantum ferroelectric fluctuations. To this end, we investigate the origin of superconductivity in doped SrTiO3 (STO) using a combination of density functional and strong coupling theories within the framework of quantum criticality. Our density functional calculations of the ferroelectric soft mode frequency as a function of doping reveal a crossover related to quantum paraelectricity at a doping level coincident with the experimentally observed top of the superconducting dome. Thus, we suggest a model in which the soft mode fluctuations provide the pairing interaction for superconductivity carriers. Within our model, the low doping limit of the superconducting dome is explained by the emergence of the Fermi surface, and the high doping limit by departure from the quantum critical regime. This results in a prediction that the highest critical temperature will increase and shift to lower carrier doping with increasing 18O isotope substitution, a scenario that is experimentally verifiable. In addition we show a connection between the isotope exponent of superconductivity and the critical exponent pertaining to quantum phase transition. This work was supported by US DOE BES E304, by the ETH Zürich (NAS and UA) and by the ERC Advanced Grant Program, No. 291151 (NAS and UA), No321031, KAW and LDRD (YK).

  18. The Kipushi Cu-Zn deposit (DR Congo) and its host rocks: A petrographical, stable isotope (O, C) and radiogenic isotope (Sr, Nd) study

    Van Wilderode, J.; Heijlen, W.; De Muynck, D.; Schneider, J.; Vanhaecke, F.; Muchez, Ph.

    2013-03-01

    Near the city of Kipushi, located in the southern part of the Central African Copperbelt, a major vein-type Cu-Zn ore deposit occurs. A combination of petrographic techniques and both stable (O, C) and radiogenic (Sr, Nd) isotope analysis is used to investigate the influence of the mineralisation on the Neoproterozoic dolomite host rocks. A quantification of the abundance and size of the different host rock constituents (dolomite types, quartz, phyllosilicates) revealed a lithostratigraphical controlled variation, without trends towards the ore body. The bulk oxygen isotopic composition of the host rock varies between -2.54‰ and -9.64‰ V-PDB, with most values within the range of Neoproterozoic marine dolomite. Samples with more positive δ18O all originate from the same stratigraphic interval and are interpreted as the result of reflux dolomitisation by an evaporated brine. Few samples with depleted δ18O signatures could indicate the influence of a depleted or high temperature fluid, but are not related to the ore deposit. Moreover, the presence of the ore body cannot be traced through the host rock oxygen isotopic composition. δ18O of gangue dolomite is significantly depleted in comparison with the host rocks and ranges between -7.67‰ and -12.46‰ V-PDB. For an estimated mineralisation temperature of 310 °C, this implies a δ18Ofluid between 10.7‰ and 15.6‰ V-SMOW. This is a significant enrichment compared to Neoproterozoic seawater, indicating that the mineralising fluid underwent significant fluid-rock interactions. δ13C of both host rock and gangue dolomite are in range of Neoproterozoic marine dolomites. However, a limited stratigraphic interval has clearly more negative δ13C signatures, due to in situ maturation of carbonaceous material. At the time of mineralisation (450 Ma), the host rock dolomite has a strontium isotopic composition partly more radiogenic than Neoproterozoic marine carbonates (0.70793 gangue dolomite is significantly more

  19. Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotope systematics of an Archean anorthosite and related rocks from the Superior Province of the Canadian Shield

    Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotopic data for the Bad Vermilion Lake anorthosite complex (BVL) in the Rainy Lake area of the Superior Province of northwestern Ontario show that direct ages of Archean anorthosites can be obtained with these isotopic systems despite the effects of low-grade metamorphism. There is sufficient spread in Sm/Nd between plagioclase megacrysts and coexisting mafic groundmass to allow the determination of reasonably precise internal Sm-Nd isochrons. Anorthosite samples from BVL show an unusually large range in LIL concentrations such that there is sufficient spread in Rb/Sr for a whole-rock isochron (2.69+-0.10 Ga, Isub(Sr)=0.70079+-8). This variability may have been caused by Rb introduction during hydrothermal alteration and/or low-grade metamorphism. The Sm-Nd isochron for BVL (2747+-58 Ma, epsilonsub(Nd)=+2.0+-1.4) includes data for anorthosite, gabbro and metabasalt, and is consistent with the consanguineity of these units in the Rainy Lake area. The age is interpreted as the time of crystallization of the anorthosite complex and related mafic plutonics and volcanics. Visibly altered samples show evidence for disturbance of the Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotopic systems. In one altered porphyritic dike plagioclase appears to have exchanged light REE with the relatively REE-rich basaltic matrix. This sample yields an internal Sm-Nd age of 2.16+-0.05 Ga, which may correspond to the time of local heating or represent a partial resetting from a still younger event. Initial isotopic ratios of Nd and Sr determined here add to the growing body of data indicating that the Superior Province is underlain by depleted mantle. (orig.)

  20. Tracing Anthropogenic Salinity Inputs to the Semi-arid Rio Grande River: A Multi-isotope Tracer (U, S, B and Sr) Approach

    Garcia, S.; Nyachoti, S. K.; Ma, L.; Szynkiewicz, A.; McIntosh, J. C.

    2015-12-01

    High salinity in the Rio Grande has led to severe reductions in crop productivity and accumulation of salts in soils. These pressing issues exist for other arid rivers worldwide. Salinity contributions to the Rio Grande have not been adequately quantified, especially from agriculture, urban activities, and geological sources. Here, we use major element concentrations and U, S, B, Sr isotopic signatures to fingerprint the salinity sources. Our study area focuses on a 200 km long stretch of the Rio Grande from Elephant Butte Reservoir, NM to El Paso, TX. River samples were collected monthly from 2014 to 2015. Irrigation drains, groundwater wells, city drains and wastewater effluents were sampled as possible anthropogenic salinity end-members. Major element chemistry, U, S and Sr isotope ratios in the Rio Grande waters suggest multiple salinity inputs from geological, agricultural, and urban sources. Natural upwelling of groundwater is significant for the Rio Grande near Elephant Butte, as suggested by high TDS values and high (234U/238U), 87Sr/86Sr, δ34S ratios. Agricultural activities (e.g. flood irrigation, groundwater pumping, fertilizer use) are extensive in the Mesilla Valley. Rio Grande waters from this region have characteristic lower (234U/238U), 87Sr/86Sr, and δ34S ratios, with possible agricultural sources from use of fertilizers and gypsum. Agricultural practices during flood irrigation also intensify evaporation of Rio Grande surface water and considerably increase water salinity. Shallow groundwater signatures were also identified at several river locations, possibly due to the artificial pumping of local groundwater for irrigation. Impacts of urban activities to river chemistry (high NO3 and B concentrations) were evident for locations downstream to Las Cruces and El Paso wastewater treatment plants, supporting the use of the B isotope as an urban salinity tracer. This study improves our understanding of human impacts on water quality and elemental

  1. Nd-Sr isotopic compositions of dissolved and particulate material transported by the Parana and Uruguay rivers during high (december 1993) and low (september 1994) water periods

    Our motivation is to better constrain the neodymium and strontium isotopic signatures of the closest continental riverine source (Parana and Uruguay rivers) to the Brazil/Malvinas Confluence zone in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean. We thus present new isotopic data on the Nd and Sr of the dissolved and suspended loads of the Parana and Uruguay rivers for two water periods forming the Rio de la Plata whose drainage basin is the second largest one in South America. The Parana dissolved material shows less radiogenic (εNd (0) ranging between -12.1 and -8.2) than the Uruguay one with a mean εNd (0) value of -6.3 ± 0.3. Suspended particulates display the same isotopic trend (mean εNd (0) value of -10.3 and -6.0 for the Parana and Uruguay rivers, respectively). Dissolved load 87Sr/86Sr in the Parana (0.7123) is found to be more radiogenic than the Uruguay one (0.7097); the suspended load follows the same trend with 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.7247 and 0.7115 in the Parana and Uruguay rivers, respectively. The relatively radiogenic Nd and non radiogenic Sr of the Uruguay River as compared to the Parana River could be attributed to a predominance of tholeiitic basalts in the drainage basin. A revisited estimation of the fluxes of Nd considering all South American rivers delivering into the western South and Tropical Atlantic Ocean yields a Nd particulate flux to estuarine water two orders of magnitude higher than the Nd dissolved flux. Considering the net dissolved and suspended fluxes of Nd reaching the Rio de la Plata, we have calculated a resulting εNd (0) equal to -10.2. The computation of εNd (0) of the Rio de la Plata outflow waters gives a value of -8.3, taking into account various removal processes within the estuary. (authors)

  2. Saturation of Deformation and Identical Bands in Very-Neutron Rich Sr Isotopes

    2002-01-01

    The present proposal aims at establishing nuclear properties in an isotopic chain showing unique features. These features include the saturation of ground state deformation at its onset and the existence of ground state identical bands in neighbouring nuclei with the same deformation. The measurements should help to elucidate the role played by the proton-neutron residual interaction between orbitals with large spatial overlap, i.e. $\\pi g _{9/2} \

  3. Hf-Nd-Sr isotopes and incompatible element abundances in island arcs: Implications for magma origins and crust-mantle evolution

    We present Hf, Nd and Sr isotopic data and abundances of K, Rb, Cs, Ba, Sr, Hf and REE for 32 samples from seven intra-oceanic island arcs. Samples from the Marianas, Izu, Aleutian and New Britain arcs have tightly grouped 176Hf/177Hfproportional0.28320, 143Nd/144Ndproportional0.51303 and 87Sr/86Srproportional0.7035 close to, but distinct from, mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) for 143Nd/144Nd and 87Sr/86Sr. In contrast, samples from the Sunda, Banda and Lesser Antilles arcs are much more variable towards lower 176Hf/177Hf and 143Nd/144Nd, and higher 87Sr/86Sr. Isotopically, island arcs on the whole are closely similar to ocean islands. Some commonly-occurring features of the trace element geochemistry of island arcs are apparent in our data: alkali and alkaline-earth elements, particularly Cs, have high abundance relative to LREE compared to oceanic basalts; negative Ce anomalies occur in six out of seven arcs. However, Hf does not appear underabundant relative to REE. The isotopic data require a continental component in all island arcs, in addition to probable mantle and oceanic crust contributions, even for the arcs with isotope ratios close to MORB. In the absence of continental crust, we can best explain this component by subducted pelagic sediment in the arc magma source region. The involvement of sediments in all arcs implies that there is an inherent recycling of older continent to island arcs, and potentially to new continent, of at least 1%. Conservative calculations show that the upper subducted slab (basalt + sediment) passes beyond the arc magma genesis zone and enters the deep mantle with a minimum of 500-1000 ppm K, and corresponding amounts of other incompatible elements. If this material is not completely homogenized with the mantle and later becomes part of the source of ocean island magmas, then the ocean island-island arc isotopic similarity is a result of their similar mix of source materials-mantle peridotite with trace element signatures from

  4. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic study of the Glen Mountains layered complex: initiation of rifting within the southern Oklahoma aulacogen

    Lambert, D.D.; Unruh, D.M.; Gilbert, M.C.

    1988-01-01

    Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic data for rocks and minerals of the Glen Mountains layered complex (GMLC), a midcontinent mafic layered intrusion in the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma, constrain the time of initiation of rifting within the southern Oklahoma aulacogen and provide information on the chemistry of the early Paleozoic mantle. Four whole-rock samples define a Rb-Sr isochron corresponding to a maximum crystallization age of 577 +/- 165 Ma and an initial Sr isotopic composition of 0.70359 +/- 2. A three-point Sm-Nd mineral-whole-rock (internal) isochron for an anorthositic gabbro provides a crystallization age of 528 +/- 29 Ma. These data suggest that the GMLC was emplaced into the southern Oklahoma aulacogen during the initial phase of rifting along the southern margin of the North American craton in the early Paleozoic. This Sm-Nd internal isochron age is within analytical uncertainty of U-Pb zircon ages for granites and rhyolites from the Wichita Mountains; therefore, mafic and felsic magmatism may have been contemporaneous within the rift during the early stages of development. Hybrid rocks and composite dikes in the Wichita Mountains provide field evidence for contemporaneous mafic and felsic magmas. Initial Sr and Nd isotopic data suggest that magmas parental to the GMLC were derived from a depleted mantle source. However, Nd isotopic data for the GMLC plot distinctly below data for the depleted mantle source cited by DePaolo and thus suggest that the parental magmas of the GMLC were either contaminated by Proterozoic crust of the southern midcontinent or were derived from a heterogenous mantle source region that had variable initial Nd isotopic compositions.

  5. A multi-isotope (B, Sr, O, H) and age dating (3H-3He, 14C) study of groundwater from Salinas Valley, California

    This study investigates the chemical and isotopic compositions of groundwater from Salinas Valley, California in order to constrain the origin and rates of groundwater contamination. We use an array of geochemical, environmental isotopes of water (18O/16O, D/H, 3H-3He) and dissolved salts (11B/10B, 87Sr/86Sr, 14C) to establish a reliable conceptual model for the basin. The basin consists of a deep, confined '400-foot aquifer' overlying the '180-foot aquifer' and a perched aquifer, all made up of sand, gravels, clays, and alluvial deposits. Our 3H-3He, 14C, and δ18O results show different replenishment zones and rates in the basin: (1) rapid replenishment (14C concentrations of 72 to 98 pmc) in the perched and 180-foot aquifers in the northern area; (2) fast arrival (15 years) of 18O- and NO3-enriched agriculture-return flows in the unconfined 180-foot aquifer in the central valley; (3) young water recharge (6 to 20 years) fi-om the Salinas River, which is enriched in 18O and D relative to GMWL, occurs in the southern basin; and (4) travel time of >10,000 years (14C = 21.3 PMC) in the deep 400-foot aquifer in the northern area of the valley, indicating pristine slow recharge. We identified several different end-member saline components with distinguishable chemical and isotopic fingerprints: (1) agriculture return flow in the perched aquifer (e.g., high NO3 and SO4, low 87Sr/86Sr 0.7082, δ11B = 19 per mille); (2) salt-water intrusion in the northern basin (e.g., low Na/Cl, marine Br/Cl, high Ca/Mg, δ11B = 17 to 38 per mille, 87Sr/86Sr = 0.7088 to 0.7096; (3) non-marine saline water in the southern part of the valley (e.g., high SO4, high Na/Cl, δ11B = 24 to 30 per mille, 87Sr/86Sr = 0.70852). The geochemical and isotopic fingerprints of the different water sources enables us to delineate the impact of these sources in different areas of the valley as well as to evaluate the origin of the saline, Sod-enriched plume, that is located north of Salinas City Our data

  6. O, Sr and Nd isotopic constraints on Cenozoic granitoids of Northwestern Anatolia, Turkey: Enrichment by subduction zone fluids

    Yücel-Öztürk, Yeşim

    2016-05-01

    The oxygen and strontium isotope compositions of Cenozoic granitoids cropping out in the İzmir-Ankara-Erzincan suture zone help constrain the petrological evolution of magmatism in northwest Anatolia. The magmatism was mostly widespread between late Eocene (∼37 Ma) and the middle Miocene (∼14-15 Ma), and is represented by volcanic and plutonic rocks of orogenic affinity, of which Ezine, Eğrigöz, Çataldağ and Kozak are the largest Tertiary granitic plutons exposed in northwest Anatolia. They vary from granite to granodiorite, and are subalkaline, belonging to the high-K calc-alkaline I-type granite series. All these characteristics, combined with major, trace element geochemical data as well as mineralogical and textural evidence, reveal that the Oligocene-Miocene granitoids of NW Anatolia are comparable with volcanic arc granites, formed in a transitional oceanic to continental collisional tectonic setting, from a hybrid source, having crustal and mantle components that underwent further interaction with the upper crust. These plutons have initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.7072-0.7094, and εNd(t) values ranging from -3.48 to -1.20. These characteristics also indicate that a crustal component played an important role in the petrogenesis of NW Anatolian Oligocene-Miocene granitoids. The moderately evolved Ezine, Eğrigöz, Çataldağ and Kozak granitoids, have δ18O values that are consistent with those of normal I-type granites (6-10‰), but the δ18O relationships among minerals of samples collected from the intrusive contacts which are closest to mineralized zones, indicate a major influence of hydrothermal processes under subsolidus conditions. The oxygen isotope systematics of the samples from these plutons result from the activity of high-δ18O fluids (magmatic water), with major involvement of low-δ18O fluids (meteoric water) evident, near the edge zone of these plutons. This is most evident in δ18O quartz-feldspar pairs from these granitoids, which

  7. Use of Pb and Sr isotopes on the determination of lead mineralization sources from Ribeira valley - Sao Paulo and Parana states

    A lead and strontium isotope study was carried out on galena, barite and calcite from Pb-Ag syngenetic stratiform (Perau type) and hydrothermal veins (Panela type) deposits from Vale do Ribeira region (Sao Paulo and Parana states). The leads from the Perau and Panelas type deposits have respectively isotope ratios (sup(206)Pb/ sup(204)Pb 16.157 to 16.505 amd 16.520 to 17.273; sup(207)Pb/ sup(204)Pb = 15.466 to 15.720 and 15.470 to 15.780 and sup(208)Pb/ sup(204)Pb = 36.370 to 36.763 and 37.043 to 38.243), that defined a Stacey and Kramers model ages mainly concentrate within 1.7-1.5Ga. A review of published Pb isotopic compositions for these deposits and considerations of new Sr isotope data and Pb results using plumbotectonics model, indicate that the Perau type mineralizations are related to the syngenetic process and the Pb are derived from upper crust with a short crustal residence time. For the Panelas type deposits the Pb and Sr isotope studies support the conclusion that the ores were emplaced during regional metamorphism and the Pb were derived from lithologically complex source which may include metasedimentary and basement rocks. (author)

  8. A Sr-Nd-Hf isotope characterization of dust source areas in Victoria Land and the McMurdo Sound sector of Antarctica

    Blakowski, Molly A.; Aciego, Sarah M.; Delmonte, Barbara; Baroni, Carlo; Salvatore, Maria Cristina; Sims, Kenneth W. W.

    2016-06-01

    Determining the geographical provenance of dust provides crucial insight into the global dust cycle. For the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS), the importance of Southern hemisphere potential dust sources has been thoroughly investigated using radiogenic isotopes, whereas proximal dust source areas located on the periphery of the ice sheet remain poorly documented from a geochemical standpoint. In this work, we expand the existing isotopic (Srsbnd Nd) catalogue of dust and sand-sized sediments from Victoria Land and the McMurdo Sound sector, and incorporate Hf isotopic data to place additional constraints on dust source identification. The isotopic field for materials considered in this study is characterized by 87Sr/86Sr ratios ranging from 0.703 to 0.783, εNd between -12.01 and 6.36, and εHf from -16.77 to 6.89. As reported in previous works, the data reveal close relationships between Antarctic sediments and distinct parent lithologies; in addition, our findings emphasize the background presence of very fine dusts originating from dominant global sources and regional volcanic activity as barriers to direct source-to-sink comparison of isotopic signatures. Thus, geochemical characterizations of dust sources to the Antarctic ice sheet involving multiple size fractions, including coarser-grained particles more susceptible to short-range transport, can help us to rule out global sources of dust when examining local sediment cores and ice cores.

  9. Petrology and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope geochemistry of Late Cretaceous continental rift ignimbrites, Kap Washington peninsula, North Greenland

    Thorarinsson, Sigurjon B.; Holm, Paul M.; Duprat, Helene I.; Tegner, Christian

    2012-03-01

    The Late Cretaceous-Palaeocene (71-61 Ma) Kap Washington Group (KWG) volcanic sequence is exposed at the north coast of Greenland. The sequence is bimodal and was erupted in a continental rift setting during the opening of the Arctic Ocean. The succession exposed on the Kap Washington peninsula, which forms the bulk of the KWG sequence (> 5 km thick), has been sampled along four traverses with a combined stratigraphic thickness of ca. 1500 m. The sampled sequence is dominated by silicic ignimbrites (69-79 wt.% SiO2) showing geochemical features typical of ferroan, A-type granitoids. The ignimbrites range from sparsely phyric, mildly peraluminous compositions [ASI = Al2O3/(CaO + Na2O + K2O) = 1.05-1.20] to feldspar + quartz ± sodic amphibole ± Fe-Ti oxide phyric peralkaline compositions [PI = (Na2O + K2O)/Al2O3 = 1.00-1.40]. The peraluminous ignimbrites appear to overlie the peralkaline ignimbrites, although stratigraphy is complicated by faulting. Fiamme imbrication indicates that both types were erupted from a vent area located north of the Kap Washington peninsula. The peralkaline ignimbrites have Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic compositions which overlap with the compositions of KWG basalts, indicating a dominantly basaltic source. The more peralkaline compositions were generated by up to ca. 50% fractional crystallisation of alkali feldspar-quartz-dominated assemblages from mildly peralkaline parental magmas, themselves probably derived by fractionation of trachytic magmas. The peraluminous ignimbrites have slightly negative ɛNd(i) and more radiogenic 207Pb/204Pbi and 208Pb/204Pbi. Modelling indicates that they are not cogenetic with the peralkaline ignimbrites and they are inferred to have originated by partial melting of hybridised mafic crust. Petrographic evidence suggests that magma mixing was an important process and variations in Nd-Pb isotopes and trace element ratios indicate mixing between peralkaline and peraluminous magma batches.

  10. Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr Isotopic Studies of Meteorite Kalahari 009: An Old VLT Mare Basalt

    Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Reese, Y.; Bischoff, A.

    2008-01-01

    Lunar meteorite Kalahari 009 is a fragmental basaltic breccia contain ing various very-low-Ti (VLT) mare basalt clasts embedded in a fine-g rained matrix of similar composition. This meteorite and lunar meteorite Kalahari 008, an anorthositic breccia, were suggested to be paired mainly due to the presence of similar fayalitic olivines in fragment s found in both meteorites. Thus, Kalahari 009 probably represents a VLT basalt that came from a locality near a mare-highland boundary r egion of the Moon, as compared to the typical VLT mare basalt samples collected at Mare Crisium during the Luna-24 mission. The concordant Sm-Nd and Ar-Ar ages of such a VLT basalt (24170) suggest that the extrusion of VLT basalts at Mare Crisium occurred 3.30 +/- 0.05 Ga ag o. Previous age results for Kalahari 009 range from approximately 4.2 Ga by its Lu-Hf isochron age to 1.70?0.04 Ga of its Ar-Ar plateau ag e. However, recent in-situ U-Pb dating of phosphates in Kalahari 009 defined an old crystallization age of 4.35+/- 0.15 Ga. The authors su ggested that Kalahari 009 represents a cryptomaria basalt. In this r eport, we present Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotopic results for Kalahari 009, discuss the relationship of its age and isotopic characteristics to t hose of other L-24 VLT mare basalts and other probable cryptomaria ba salts represented by Apollo 14 aluminous mare basalts, and discuss it s petrogenesis.

  11. U-Pb zircon geochronology, petrochemical and Sr-Nd isotopic characteristic of Late Neoproterozoic granitoid of the Bornaward Complex (Bardaskan-NE Iran)

    Bagherzadeh, R. Monazzami; Karimpour, M. H.; Farmer, G. Lang; Stern, C. R.; Santos, J. F.; Rahimi, B.; Heidarian Shahri, M. R.

    2015-11-01

    The Bornaward Granitoid Complex (BGC) in the Taknar Zone is located in the northeast of Central Iranian Block. The BGC consists of granite, alkaligranite, syenogranite, leucogranite, granophyre, monzogranite, granodiorite, tonalite and diorite that have intruded into the center of Taknar Zone. These intrusive rocks affected by low grade metamorphism. Because of there are no reliable isotope dating data, for the Bornaward Granitoid Complex rocks have been proposed discordant ages (Jurassic, Cretaceous or even younger ages) by many studies. In the present study, new isotopic information based on zircon U-Pb dating has revealed the origin and time of the formation of the BGC. These new results do not confirm previously proposed ages. The results obtained from zircon U-Pb dating of the BGC rocks suggest late-Neoproterozoic (Precambrian) age (540-550 Ma). The Bornaward Granitoid Complex is middle-high metaluminous to lower-middle peraluminous and belongs to tholeiite, calc-alkaline to high-K calc-alkaline rock series with enrichment in LIL (Cs, Rb and Ba, U, K, Zr, Y, Th) and depletion in HIL (Sr and Nb, Ta, Ti) elements. Chondrite-normalized Rare Earth Elements (REE) plots indicate minor enrichment of LREE compared to HREE, and strong negative anomaly of Eu compared to other Rare Earth Elements. Furthermore, initial 87Sr/86Sr and 143Nd/144Nd range from 0.70351 to 0.71689 and 0.511585 to 0.512061, respectively, and initial εNd isotope values for granite, granodiorite and diorite range from -6.73 to 2.52. These all indicate that the BGC has derived from partial melting of distinct basement source regions with very high initial 87Sr/86Sr and undergoing extensive crustal contamination (S-type granite).

  12. Isotopic compositions of Sr in waters and of Pb in sediments and ashes from an urban incinerator using an ICP-MS

    The analytical precision of the Sr and the Pb isotopic compositions of natural samples obtained with a conventional ICP-MS is of 3 to 7 x 10-3 (internal 2 σ) for the 87Sr/86Sr ratio, 6 to 8 x 10-3 for the 206Pb/207Pb and 1 to 4 x 10-1 for the 206Pb/204Pb and 207Pb/204Pb ratios. Such accuracy is obtained with a procedure including a resin-chromatographic purification, a correction with respect to standard values (NBS 987 and 981) and a routine of four determinations for each sample. This procedure should allow rapid geochemical investigations ahead of more precise determinations by thermo-ionization mass spectrometry. (authors). 8 refs., 6 figs., 5 tabs

  13. Genetic relationship between post-caldera and caldera-forming magmas from Aso volcano, SW Japan. Constraints from Sr isotope and trace element compositions

    We analyzed the Sr isotope and trace element compositions of the post-caldera volcanic products of Aso volcano in central Kyushu, with the aim of investigating the genetic relationship between the last caldera-forming (Aso-4) magmas and post-caldera magmas. The 87Sr/86Sr ratio of the magmas drastically changed from the homogeneous (0.7041-0.7042) caldera-forming stage to the heterogeneous (0.7040-0.7044) post-caldera stage. In addition, the obtained geochemical data suggested that the Aso-4 magma did not contribute to the origin and compositional evolution of the post-caldera magmas. These observations indicated that the generation of post-caldera magmas was probably independent of the Aso-4 magma. (author)

  14. Origin of brines, salts and carbonate from shales of the Marcellus Formation: Evidence from geochemical and Sr isotope study of sequentially extracted fluids

    Highlights: • Cuttings from the Marcellus Shale and adjacent units were sequentially leached. • 87Sr/86Sr ratios of extractable Sr are similar to Marcellus produced water values. • Marcellus produced water chemistry is not explained only by water-shale interaction. • Shale leachates record the early geologic history of fluid-shale interaction. • Some Middle Devonian formation water has been isolated since the late Paleozoic. - Abstract: Fluids co-produced with methane from hydraulically fractured organic-rich shales of the Marcellus Formation (USA) are characterized by high total dissolved solids (TDS), including elevated levels of Ba, Sr and Br. To investigate the source and geologic history of these high-TDS fluids and their dissolved constituents, we carried out a series of sequential extraction experiments on dry-drilled cuttings extracted within, below and above the Marcellus Shale from a well in Tioga County, New York State. The experiments were designed to extract (1) water soluble components, (2) exchangeable cations, (3) carbonate minerals, and (4) hydrochloric acid-soluble constituents. The geochemistry of the resultant leachates highlights the different geochemical reservoirs for extractable elements within the shale; notably, Na and Br were largely water-soluble, while Ba was extracted primarily from exchangeable sites, and Ca and Sr were found both in exchangeable sites and carbonate. Strontium isotope ratios measured on the leachates indicate that each of the element reservoirs has a distinct value. Measured 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the water soluble component are similar to those of Marcellus produced water, while the ion exchange reservoir yields lower ratios, and carbonate Sr is lower still, approaching Devonian-Silurian seawater values. Despite the isotopic similarity of water leachates and produced water, the total water chemistry argues against generation of produced water by interaction of hydraulic fracturing fluid with “dry” shale

  15. Systematics of one-quasiparticle configurations in neutron-rich Sr, Zr, and Mo odd isotopes with the Gogny energy density functional

    Rodriguez-Guzman, R.; Sarriguren, Pedro; Robledo, L. M.

    2010-01-01

    The systematics of one-quasiparticle configurations in neutron-rich Sr, Zr, and Mo odd isotopes is studied within the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov plus equal filling approximation method preserving both axial and time-reversal symmetries. Calculations based on the Gogny energy density functional with both the standard D1S parametrization and the new D1M incarnation of this functional are included in our analysis. The nuclear deformation and shape coexistence inherent to this mass region are shown ...

  16. Astronomically-Forced Lake Expansion and Contraction Cycles: Sr Isotopic Evidence from the Eocene Green River Formation, Western USA

    Baddouh, M.; Meyers, S. R.; Carroll, A.; Beard, B. L.; Johnson, C.

    2014-12-01

    87Sr/86Sr ratio from ancient lake deposits offer a unique insight into the astronomical forcing of lake expansion and contraction, by recording changes in runoff/groundwater provenance. We present new high-resolution 87Sr/86Sr data from the upper Wilkins Peak Member, to investigate linkages between astronomical forcing, water sources, and lake level in a classic rhythmic succession. Fifty-one 87Sr/86Sr ratios from White Mountain core #1 were acquired with a sampling interval of ~30 cm starting from the top of alluvial "I" bed to the lower Laney Member. The 87Sr/86Sr data show a strong and significant negative correlation with oil-yield, a traditional proxy for paleolake level and organic productivity. Application of a radioisotopic time scale, using previously dated ash beds, reveals that both 87Sr/86Sr and oil yield have a strong 20 kyr rhythm. The 87Sr/86Sr data more clearly express a longer period 100 kyr signal, similar to the Laskar 10D eccentricity solution. Using our nominal radioisotopic time scale, the Laskar 10D solution and 87Sr/86Sr data suggest that highest lake levels and greatest organic enrichment are attained during greatest precession and eccentricity. Regional geologic studies and modern river water analyses have shown that less radiogenic waters mostly originate west of the basin, where drainage is strongly influenced by thick Paleozoic and Mesozoic marine carbonate units. Decreased in 87Sr/86Sr therefore imply greater relative water contributions from the Sevier orogenic highlands, relative to lower relief, more radiogenic ranges lying to the east. We therefore propose that highstands of Lake Gosiute record increased penetration of Pacific moisture, related either to increased El Niño frequency or southward displacement of major storm tracks. We hypothesize that the occurrence of wetter winters caused expansion of Lake Gosiute, deposition of organic carbon rich facies, and decreased lake water 87Sr/86Sr.

  17. Decoupling of the Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd, and Rb-Sr isotope systems in eclogites and a garnetite from the Sulu ultra-high pressure metamorphic terrane: Causes and implications

    Liu, Yung-Hsin; Yang, Huai-Jen; Takazawa, Eiichi; Satish-Kumar, Madhusoodhan; You, Chen-Feng

    2015-10-01

    The whole-rock Hf, Sr and Nd isotope data of five high-Fe-Ti eclogites, nine high-Al eclogites, and a garnetite from the Sulu ultrahigh pressure (UHP) metamorphic terrane at eastern China were analyzed to resolve the causes for the decoupling of the Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd, and Rb-Sr isotope systems in these UHP rocks and to infer their protolith characteristics. Seven of the nine high-Al eclogites define an 87Rb/86Sr-87Sr/86Sr errorchron age of 192 ± 43 Ma (MSWD = 2.8), which is within the time span of retrograde metamorphism despite the large uncertainty. The high-Fe-Ti eclogites and garnetite, however, have low 87Rb/86Sr ratios of eclogites. These arc signatures together with the felsic-mafic bimodal geochemical features of the UHP rocks from the Sulu terrane are explained as the characteristics of protoliths generated by backarc rifting.

  18. Man, nutrition and mobility: A comparison of teeth and bone from the Medieval era and the present from Pb and Sr isotopes

    Naturally occurring isotopic systems, such as strontium (Sr) and lead (Pb), are very useful for characterizing different sources and to produce background information. Norwegian teeth from the Medieval era have 206Pb/204Pb ratios between 18.8 and 18.2, in comparison with present day ratios of between 18.0 and 17.6 showing the impact of Pb from modern industrialization and from traffic. Sr analyses of Medieval teeth show that an individual living in a coastal town on the west coast of Norway can easily be distinguished from one in a rural area at that time. The Sr signature shows that Medieval people lived on local products while present people to a greater degree live on imported or domestic industrially processed food. Medieval and modern teeth from one site give similar Pb signatures and concentrations indicating no increase in pollution over time. However, the impact of industrial pollution can be seen from Pb analyses on contemporary teeth, so that the method can be used to monitor emission of heavy metals from local industry. Whilst the Pb and Sr natural isotopic systems individually provide valuable information, a combination of the two techniques is a very powerful tool in environmental and archaeological research. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  19. Development of a fully automated open-column chemical-separation system—COLUMNSPIDER—and its application to Sr-Nd-Pb isotope analyses of igneous rock samples

    Miyazaki, Takashi; Vaglarov, Bogdan Stefanov; Takei, Masakazu; Suzuki, Masahiro; Suzuki, Hiroaki; Ohsawa, Kouzou; Chang, Qing; Takahashi, Toshiro; Hirahara, Yuka; Hanyu, Takeshi; Kimura, Jun-Ichi; Tatsumi, Yoshiyuki

    A fully automated open-column resin-bed chemical-separation system, named COLUMNSPIDER, has been developed. The system consists of a programmable micropipetting robot that dispenses chemical reagents and sample solutions into an open-column resin bed for elemental separation. After the initial set up of resin columns, chemical reagents, and beakers for the separated chemical components, all separation procedures are automated. As many as ten samples can be eluted in parallel in a single automated run. Many separation procedures, such as radiogenic isotope ratio analyses for Sr and Nd, involve the use of multiple column separations with different resin columns, chemical reagents, and beakers of various volumes. COLUMNSPIDER completes these separations using multiple runs. Programmable functions, including the positioning of the micropipetter, reagent volume, and elution time, enable flexible operation. Optimized movements for solution take-up and high-efficiency column flushing allow the system to perform as precisely as when carried out manually by a skilled operator. Procedural blanks, examined for COLUMNSPIDER separations of Sr, Nd, and Pb, are low and negligible. The measured Sr, Nd, and Pb isotope ratios for JB-2 and Nd isotope ratios for JB-3 and BCR-2 rock standards all fall within the ranges reported previously in high-accuracy analyses. COLUMNSPIDER is a versatile tool for the efficient elemental separation of igneous rock samples, a process that is both labor intensive and time consuming.

  20. Petrogenesis of the Mesozoic Zijinguan mafic pluton from the Taihang Mountains, North China Craton: Petrological and Os-Nd-Sr isotopic constraints

    Liu, An-Kun; Chen, Bin; Suzuki, Katsuhiko; Liu, Ling

    2010-09-01

    Mantle peridotites show low Re/Os ratios and sub-chondritic 187Os/ 188Os ratios (hornblende pyroxenites, hornblende gabbros and gabbrodiorites. These rocks are enriched in LILE (e.g., Ba and Sr) and LREE, depleted in HFSE (e.g., Nb, Zr). They possess radiogenic Os isotopic compositions with 187Os/ 188Os = 0.187-0.603, and EM1-like Sr-Nd isotopic compositions (I Sr = 0.7058-0.7066, ɛNd( t) = -13.8 to -18.2). Petrography and elemental data suggest a significant fractionation and accumulation of olivine + pyroxene + hornblende in forming the mafic pluton. Clinopyroxene and plagioclase from the gabbrodiorites show complicated compositional zoning, suggesting a process of magma recharge in the late-stage of magma evolution. This is supported by their higher ɛNd( t) values (-14) than the other two rock types (-15 to -18). The parental magmas to the mafic pluton should be hydrous, which originated from an old, enriched lithospheric mantle, and were significantly contaminated by Precambrian mafic lower crust and TTG gneisses during magma evolution, as is suggested by the highly radiogenic Os- and unradiogenic Nd isotopic compositions of the mafic pluton.

  1. Pb, Sr and Nd isotope study of two co-existing magmas in the Nízke Tatry Mountains, Western Carpathians (Slovakia)

    Poller, U.; Kohút, M.; Gaab, A. S.; Todt, W.

    2005-07-01

    Two co-existing plutonic rocks (diorite and granodiorite) were studied from an intrusion of Variscan age in the Raztocna Valley Nízke Tatry Mountains, Western Carpathians. Geochemical analyses of major and trace elements constrain a volcanic arc as emplacement environment and give the first hints of a mixture of two magmatic end-members: the so-called Prasivá granodiorite and the Raztocna diorite. The 87Sr/86Sr(0) ratios vary between 0.7075 and 0.7118, the ɛ Nd(0) values range from -1.4 to -5.0. Common Pb isotopes reveal a dominant crustal source with minor influences from a mantle and a lower crustal source. Modelling based on Sr and Nd isotope data and using three component mixing calculations indicates that mixing of 2/3 of upper mantle material with 1/3 upper crustal material can produce the isotopic composition of the Raztocna diorite. Very minor amounts of lower crust were incorporated in the diorite. For the Prasivá granodiorite, the mixing ratio of upper mantle and upper crust is similar, but a lower crustal reservoir contributed about 5 10% of the source material.

  2. Accurate experimental determination of the isotope effects on the triple point temperature of water. I. Dependence on the 2H abundance

    Faghihi, V.; Peruzzi, A.; Aerts-Bijma, A. T.; Jansen, H. G.; Spriensma, J. J.; van Geel, J.; Meijer, H. A. J.

    2015-12-01

    Variation in the isotopic composition of water is one of the major contributors to uncertainty in the realization of the triple point of water (TPW). Although the dependence of the TPW on the isotopic composition of the water has been known for years, there is still a lack of a detailed and accurate experimental determination of the values for the correction constants. This paper is the first of two articles (Part I and Part II) that address quantification of isotope abundance effects on the triple point temperature of water. In this paper, we describe our experimental assessment of the 2H isotope effect. We manufactured five triple point cells with prepared water mixtures with a range of 2H isotopic abundances encompassing widely the natural abundance range, while the 18O and 17O isotopic abundance were kept approximately constant and the 18O  -  17O ratio was close to the Meijer-Li relationship for natural waters. The selected range of 2H isotopic abundances led to cells that realised TPW temperatures between approximately  -140 μK to  +2500 μK with respect to the TPW temperature as realized by VSMOW (Vienna Standard Mean Ocean Water). Our experiment led to determination of the value for the δ2H correction parameter of A2H  =  673 μK / (‰ deviation of δ2H from VSMOW) with a combined uncertainty of 4 μK (k  =  1, or 1σ).

  3. Sr, Nd isotope geochemistry of volcanic rock series and its geological significance in the middle Okinawa Trough

    2000-01-01

    There exists extensive basic-acidic volcanic rock series in the middle section of the Okinawa Trough. Different types of these volcanic rocks have their own average strontium ratios of 0.704 749, 0.705 062, 0.708 771, 0.704 840 and 0.720 301 with average 143Nd/144Nd ratios of 0.512 820, 0.512 673, 0.512 413, 0.512 729 and 0.512 034. These ratios of Sr and Nd isotopes all fall on a theoretic hyperbolic curve of mixing between two end-members of MORB and rhyolitic magma. So we infer that these different kinds of volcanic rocks in the middle Okinawa Trough are the erupted product in different stages of formation and evolution of the trough crust. MORB magma, which had suffered assimilation, mixed with the early-formed crust-derived rhyolitic partial melt mass at different ratios; then, these mixed magma erupted and formed volcanic rock types of the trough. This study indicates that the Okinawa Trough is coming into a stage of submarine spreading from the stage of continental rift.

  4. Sr, Nd isotope geochemistry of volcanic rock series and its geological significance in the middle Okinawa Trough

    孟宪伟; 陈志华; 杜德文; 吴金龙

    2000-01-01

    There exists extensive basic-acidic volcanic rock series in the middle section of the Okinawa Trough. Different types of these volcanic rocks have their own average strontium ratios of 0.704749, 0.705062, 0.708771, 0.704840 and 0.720301 with average 143Nd/144Nd ratios of 0.512 820, 0.512 673, 0.512 413, 0.512 729 and 0.512 034. These ratios of Sr and Nd isotopes all fall on a theoretic hyperbolic curve of mixing between two end-members of MORE and rhyolitic magma. So we infer that these different kinds of volcanic rocks in the middle Okinawa Trough are the erupted product in different stages of formation and evolution of the trough crust. MORE magma, which had suffered assimilation, mixed with the early-formed crust-derived rhyolitic partial melt mass at different ratios; then, these mixed magma erupted and formed volcanic rock types of the trough. This study indicates that the Okinawa Trough is coming into a stage of submarine spreading from the stage of continental rift.

  5. Melt extraction and enrichment processes in the New Caledonia lherzolites: Evidence from geochemical and Sr-Nd isotope data

    Secchiari, Arianna; Montanini, Alessandra; Bosch, Delphine; Macera, Patrizia; Cluzel, Dominique

    2016-09-01

    The New Caledonia ophiolite (Peridotite Nappe) is dominated by mantle lithologies, composed of forearc-related refractory harzburgites and minor lherzolites in both the spinel and plagioclase facies. In this study, a comprehensive geochemical data set (major, trace elements and Sr-Nd isotopes) is used to constrain the mantle evolution of the lherzolites and their relationships with the basalts from the Poya Terrane, which tectonically underlies the mantle rocks. The majority of the lherzolites are low-strain porphyroclastic tectonites. They likely record an asthenospheric origin followed by re-equilibration at lithospheric conditions, as supported by geothermometric estimates (T = 1100-940 °C and 920-890 °C for porphyroclastic and neoblastic spinel-facies assemblages, respectively). Olivine composition (Fo = 88.5-90.0 mol%), spinel Cr# ([molar 100 • Cr/(Cr + Al)] = 13-17) and relatively high amounts (7-8 vol%) of Al2O3- and Na2O-rich clinopyroxene (up to 0.5 and 6.5 wt.%, respectively) indicate a moderately depleted geochemical signature for the spinel lherzolites. Bulk rock and clinopyroxene rare earth elements (REE) patterns display a typical abyssal-type signature, i.e. steeply plunging LREE accompanied by nearly flat HREE to MREE. Clinopyroxene REE compositions of the spinel lherzolites may be reproduced by small amounts of fractional melting of a garnet lherzolite precursor (~ 4%), followed by 4%-5% melting in the spinel peridotite field. The plagioclase lherzolites show melt impregnation microstructures, Cr- and Ti-rich spinels and incompatible trace element enrichments (REE, Ti, Y, and Zr) in bulk rocks and clinopyroxenes. Impregnation modelling for these elements suggests that the plagioclase lherzolites originated from residual spinel lherzolites by entrapment of highly depleted (non-aggregated) MORB melt fractions in the shallow oceanic lithosphere. Nd isotope compositions of the investigated peridotites are consistent with derivation from an

  6. Multi-Isotopic (o, H, Sr, Li) Tracing of the Fluxes Involved in the Water Status of a Peatland (la Sauvetat, Massif Central, France)

    Agnès, B.; Negrel, P. J.; Millot, R.; Clotilde, B.

    2010-12-01

    The bio-diversity (vegetation and fauna) of peatlands, like all wetlands ecosystems, are strongly fragile as they are requiring very specific wet conditions. In the past 20 years, increasing efforts were engaged to restore degraded wetlands, to create new wetlands where they have been totally lost and to manage wetlands sustainably in order to assess their multiple benefits. However, engaging specific actions to restore and preserve wetlands require an important knowledge on the water cycle in such systems. In this study, we propose to use chemical and multi-isotopic approaches combined with hydrological measurements (piezometric level and stream flow measurements) to trace the fluxes of water and dissolved element involved in the “Narces de la Sauvetat” peatland (France) and for the stream draining the area. Aims are to evaluate the water status of this ecosystem as well as the origin of dissolved elements and possible anthropogenic impacts. These approaches clearly demonstrated their effectiveness to improve the knowledge on the hydrological functioning of wetlands ecosystems. Main results are (1) at least three fluxes with distinct chemical and isotopic signatures are providing water supplies to peatland (Sr and stable isotopes), (2) water flow that comes out of the peatland through the stream is certainly negligible (Li isotopes) and 3) water within the peat land exhibits Sr and Li -isotopes values consistent with carbonate amendments inputs used in local agriculture. The outcomes of this study are that peatland ecosystem water balance is poorly affected by its outlet but are strongly controlled by groundwater replenishment. This could lead to a better adjustment of decision maker choices to maintain the water balance of the peatland, which is essential for the preservation of this fragile ecosystem. This study also opens a new field for Li isotope investigations in hydro-systems and highlights the possibility of using Li isotopes as environmental tracers.

  7. Coral Sr-U thermometry

    DeCarlo, Thomas M.; Gaetani, Glenn A.; Cohen, Anne L.; Foster, Gavin L.; Alpert, Alice E.; Stewart, Joseph A.

    2016-06-01

    Coral skeletons archive past climate variability with unrivaled temporal resolution. However, extraction of accurate temperature information from coral skeletons has been limited by "vital effects," which confound, and sometimes override, the temperature dependence of geochemical proxies. We present a new approach to coral paleothermometry based on results of abiogenic precipitation experiments interpreted within a framework provided by a quantitative model of the coral biomineralization process. DeCarlo et al. (2015a) investigated temperature and carbonate chemistry controls on abiogenic partitioning of Sr/Ca and U/Ca between aragonite and seawater and modeled the sensitivity of skeletal composition to processes occurring at the site of calcification. The model predicts that temperature can be accurately reconstructed from coral skeleton by combining Sr/Ca and U/Ca ratios into a new proxy, which we refer to hereafter as the Sr-U thermometer. Here we test the model predictions with measured Sr/Ca and U/Ca ratios of 14 Porites sp. corals collected from the tropical Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea, with a subset also analyzed using the boron isotope (δ11B) pH proxy. Observed relationships among Sr/Ca, U/Ca, and δ11B agree with model predictions, indicating that the model accounts for the key features of the coral biomineralization process. By calibrating to instrumental temperature records, we show that Sr-U captures 93% of mean annual temperature variability (26-30°C) and has a standard deviation of prediction of 0.5°C, compared to 1°C using Sr/Ca alone. The Sr-U thermometer may offer significantly improved reliability for reconstructing past ocean temperatures from coral skeletons.

  8. Stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture, SILAC, as a simple and accurate approach to expression proteomics

    Ong, S.E.; Blagoev, B.; Kratchmarova, I.;

    2002-01-01

    . Here we describe a method, termed SILAC, for stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture, for the in vivo incorporation of specific amino acids into all mammalian proteins. Mammalian cell lines are grown in media lacking a standard essential amino acid but supplemented with a non......Quantitative proteomics has traditionally been performed by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, but recently, mass spectrometric methods based on stable isotope quantitation have shown great promise for the simultaneous and automated identification and quantitation of complex protein mixtures......-radioactive, isotopically labeled form of that amino acid, in this case deuterated leucine (Leu-d3). We find that growth of cells maintained in these media is no different from growth in normal media as evidenced by cell morphology, doubling time, and ability to differentiate. Complete incorporation of Leu-d3 occurred...

  9. Rapid, accurate and precise measurement of the isotopic composition of atmospheric gases: A generalized GC-IRMS solution

    The measurement of the isotopic composition of individual gas species in air is an analytical challenge faced by researchers in many disciplines. The existence of many different types of air (atmospheric air, dissolved air, air bubbles in ice, soil air, growth chamber atmospheres) and the enormous dynamic range of concentrations makes the problem difficult. The recent combination of gas chromatography with isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC-IRMS) has allowed the solution of many previously difficult or intractable problems of this sort. Interest is divided between analysis of trace gases (CO2, CH4, N2O and CH3Cl) and the major species (N2, O2 and Ar). Recent instrumental developments have allowed us to assemble a generalized GC-IRMS approach capable of high precision isotopic analysis of both trace and major species at natural and enriched abundances, while permitting high throughput automated analysis using sample containers compatible with field collection

  10. Source and evolution of the "perfect Asian dust storm" in early April 2001: Implications of the Sr-Nd isotope ratios

    Nakano, Takanori; Nishikawa, Masataka; Mori, Ikuko; Shin, Kicheol; Hosono, Takahiro; Yokoo, Yoriko

    The "perfect Asian dust storm," so-called from the huge, clear picture obtained of it by earth-orbiting satellites, occurred over a vast area of northern China and Mongolia and moved eastward across the northern Pacific in early April 2001. We determined the Sr-Nd isotopic ratios of acid-resistant minerals and the Sr isotopic ratios of weak-acid-soluble minerals in the dust from this storm deposited at nine sites from northern China to Japan and compared these data with those ratios of surface arid soils in northern China. The isotopic compositions of the dust minerals resembled those from soils of the Badain Juran, Tengger, and Ulan Buh deserts and the area to their north, which on meteorological grounds are considered to be the emission area of the dust plume, but they varied regionally, reflecting the heterogeneity of the source soils. Our results and those of other meteorological and modeling studies suggest that this variation was caused by mixing with local soils uplifted into the lower part of the dust plume, but further downwind the dust was less mixed with local soils and was derived mainly from the upper dust plume. Mineral isotope, mineralogical, and elemental data on Asian dusts and soils in northern China and Mongolia provide invaluable information on physical and chemical processes of dust storms and on dust source areas.