The use of in-situ produced cosmogenic radionuclides in glaciology and glacial geomorphology

Fabel, D. and Harbor, J. (1999) The use of in-situ produced cosmogenic radionuclides in glaciology and glacial geomorphology. Annals of Glaciology, 28(1), pp. 103-110. (doi: 10.3189/172756499781821968)

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The usefulness of in-situ produced cosmogenic radionuclides in constraining glacial chronologies through exposure-age dating has been demonstrated in numerous studies. However, an understanding of cosmogenic radionuclide techniques and their uncertainties opens up a wide range of other potential applications in glaciology and glacial geomorphology. Recently developed applications include: estimation of spatial and temporal variations in the depth of glacial erosion from cosmogenic radionuclide inheritance, which provides important constraints on process-based erosion models; and burial dating, which can provide chronological control for glacial advances and the onset of till deposition. An interesting new application, currently at the level of theoretical model development, concerns the unraveling of complex exposure and burial histories. Overall, in-situ produced cosmogenic radionuclide techniques provide a means with which to constrain a wide range of ice-sheet and glacial models over time-scales of a thousand to a few million years.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fabel, Dr Derek
Authors: Fabel, D., and Harbor, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Annals of Glaciology
Publisher:International Glaciological Society
ISSN (Online):1727-5644

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