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Project Introduction D1 – Cosmogenic Nuclides

Dating of old continental sediments in arid environments

The great antiquity of the Atacama Desert means that some questions about its geological evolution are beyond the capabilities of current dating methods. New techniques need to be developed to allow us and others to answer these questions. Establishing several new techniques that are able to date old sediments (geochronometers) is the aim of this project. To achieve this, we have been advancing ‘cosmogenic nuclide’ techniques that measure extremely rare isotopes in rock samples, requiring novel sample preparation chemistry and new measurement methods.

One of the sample types we are using is micrometeorites. These are tiny extra-terrestrial rock particles that continually rain down on the Earth.

Their preservation in the Atacama Desert sediments suggests they could be used as a tool to record environmental change, provided we can date when they landed on the Earth. As part of this we are working towards measuring cosmogenic 53Mn at the University of Cologne, which can currently only be performed in two laboratories worldwide.

 

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Prof. Dr. Tibor Dunai
Phone: +49 (0)221 470-3229
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  Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Tibor J. Dunai
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne
Zülpicher Str. 49b | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-3229 | tdunai@uni-koeln.de
  Managing Director:
Christian Tiede
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne

Zülpicher Str. 49b | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-89833 | christian.tiede@uni-koeln.de
       
  Deputy Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Martin Melles
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne

Zülpicher Str. 49a | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-2262 | mmelles@uni-koeln.de
  Webmaster:
Tim Schlüter
Institute of Geography | University of Cologne

Otto-Fischer-Str. 4 | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-3735 | webmaster@sfb1211.de

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