Cosmogenic radionuclides


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Cosmic rays interact with the earth's atmosphere and surface to produce the “cosmogenic” nuclides. In many instances the radioactive ones are readily distinguished from the anthropogenic and meteoritic backgrounds. Measurements of these cosmogenic radionuclides (RCN) can contribute to the solution of a variety of geophysical problems [Lai and Peters, 1967]. Recent progress in this area was discussed at a symposium entitled Application of Cosmic-Ray-Produced Nuclides in Geophysics held May 30, 1983, at the AGU Spring Meeting in Baltimore (see Eos, May 3, 1983, pp. 282–284, for the abstracts). We summarize here the symposium presentations.