Physics of Earth and Space Environments

Cosmogenic Radionuclides

Theory and Applications in the Terrestrial and Space Environments

Authors: Beer, Jürg, McCracken, Ken, von Steiger, Rudolf

  • Examines the strengths and limitations of radionuclides as analytic tools
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Cosmogenic radionuclides are radioactive isotopes which are produced by natural processes and distributed within the Earth system. With a holistic view of the environment the authors show in this book how cosmogenic radionuclides can be used to trace and to reconstruct the history of a large variety of processes. They discuss the way in which cosmogenic radionuclides can assist in the quantification of complex processes in the present-day environment. The book aims to demonstrate to the reader the strength of analytic tools based on cosmogenic radionuclides, their contribution to almost any field of modern science, and how these tools may assist in the solution of many present and future problems that we face here on Earth. The book provides a comprehensive discussion of the basic principles behind the applications of cosmogenic (and other) radionuclides as environmental tracers and dating tools. The second section of the book discusses in some detail the production of radionuclides by cosmic radiation, their transport and distribution in the atmosphere and the hydrosphere, their storage in natural archives, and how they are measured. The third section of the book presents a number of examples selected to illustrate typical tracer and dating applications in a number of different spheres (atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere, solar physics and astronomy). At the same time the authors have outlined the limitations of the use of cosmogenic radionuclides. Written on a level understandable by graduate students without specialist skills in physics or mathematics, the book addresses a wide audience, ranging from archaeology, biophysics, and geophysics, to atmospheric physics, hydrology, astrophysics and space science.

About the authors

Jürg Beer is a pioneer in cosmogenic radionuclides measured in polar ice cores. Rudolf von Steiger is director of the International Space science Institute in Bern. His research focusses on the Solar Wind. Ken McCracken is a pioneer in cosmic rays research and space research from early satellites.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cosmogenic Radionuclides
Book Subtitle
Theory and Applications in the Terrestrial and Space Environments
Authors
Series Title
Physics of Earth and Space Environments
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-14651-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-14651-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-14650-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43160-9
Series ISSN
1610-1677
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 428
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