The Historical Record of Artificial Radioactive Fallout from the Atmosphere in Polar Glaciers

  1. C.C. Langway Jr.,
  2. H. Oeschger and
  3. W. Dansgaard
  1. Minoru Koide and
  2. Edward D. Goldberg

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM033p0095

Greenland Ice Core: Geophysics, Geochemistry, and the Environment

Greenland Ice Core: Geophysics, Geochemistry, and the Environment

How to Cite

Koide, M. and Goldberg, E. D. (1985) The Historical Record of Artificial Radioactive Fallout from the Atmosphere in Polar Glaciers, in Greenland Ice Core: Geophysics, Geochemistry, and the Environment (eds C.C. Langway, H. Oeschger and W. Dansgaard), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM033p0095

Author Information

  1. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1985

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900575

Online ISBN: 9781118664155

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Keywords:

  • Ice sheets—Greenland—Addresses, essays, lectures;
  • Greenland Ice Sheet Program

Summary

Polar glaciers maintain a record of artificial radionuclide atmospheric fallout which can be developed on a year to year basis. Some homogenization of the record results from summer melting and subsequent melt-water percolation. Fallout from the U.S. dominated tests of the 1950s differs from that of the U.S.S.R. dominated tests in the 1960s. Further, differences in the atmospheric transport of the transuranics, alkalis, alkaline earths, and tritium were observed.