Our client base is international and includes environmental consulting companies, universities, government research institutes and communities. It is typical to analyze 10 - 20 sections of a sediment core for Pb and a similar number of Cs, covering an accumulation period of about years. The age of the sediment from a particular depth in the sediment column can then be inferred. If modelling and interpretation are requested, the Pb results will normally be modelled to obtain the best fit of the data, where possible. A plot of Pb activity vs. Several Radium Ra measurements are often required, usually 2 - 3 per Pb core, to positively determine the Pb background level throughout the core length.
Geochronology is the science of determining the age of rocks , fossils , and sediments using signatures inherent in the rocks themselves. Absolute geochronology can be accomplished through radioactive isotopes , whereas relative geochronology is provided by tools such as palaeomagnetism and stable isotope ratios. By combining multiple geochronological and biostratigraphic indicators the precision of the recovered age can be improved. Geochronology is different in application from biostratigraphy, which is the science of assigning sedimentary rocks to a known geological period via describing, cataloging and comparing fossil floral and faunal assemblages. Biostratigraphy does not directly provide an absolute age determination of a rock, but merely places it within an interval of time at which that fossil assemblage is known to have coexisted. Both disciplines work together hand in hand, however, to the point where they share the same system of naming strata rock layers and the time spans utilized to classify sublayers within a stratum. The science of geochronology is the prime tool used in the discipline of chronostratigraphy , which attempts to derive absolute age dates for all fossil assemblages and determine the geologic history of the Earth and extraterrestrial bodies.
One of the most frequent questions a Palaeobotanist or Palaeontologist hears concerns the method for dating sediments containing fossil plants and animals. Present knowledge is based on a long series of efforts to date the ages of various rocks. At the present time, the best absolute dating involves the use of naturally occurring radioactive isotopes contained in various minerals that make up a rock.
Abstract Lake sediment mud accumulates continuously at the bottom of many lakes, meaning that the deeper you go into the mud, the further you go back in time. This mud contains different types of fossils that can be used to reconstruct changes in the lake, surrounding terrestrial environment, and climate. Lake Sediments, Coring and Preservation Sediment in a lake has two origins. It may be generated within the lake autochthonous, e.