Dataset Authors

Gregg Brooks
Rebekka Larson


This dataset contains short-lived radioisotope (SLRad) data collected aboard R/V Weatherbird II cruises WB-0911, WB-1114 and WB-1125 in the northern Gulf of Mexico from 2011-02-20 to 2011-09-27. SLRad data were generated for selected core sub-samples at 2mm sampling intervals for “surficial unit” and 5mm sampling resolution intervals to the base of cores. SLRad data generated include sample activity as disintegrations per minute per gram (dpm/g) of 1) Excess Thorium-234 (234Thxs) activity, which is calculated by measuring the total Thorium-234 (234ThTot) activity and the subtraction of the measured or estimated “Supported” Thorium-234 (234ThSup) activity, 2) Excess Lead-210 (210Pbxs) activity, which is calculated by measuring the total Lead-210 (210PbTot) activity and subtraction of the measured background "supported" Lead-210 (210PbSup) activity {average of Lead-214 (214Pb) at 295 kiloelectron volts (keV), 214Pb at 351keV, and Bismuth-214 (214Bi) at 609keV}, 3) Cesium-137 (137Cs) activity, and 4) Berilium-7 (7Be) activity. Cruise documentation was provided for each of the R/V Weatherbird II cruises. The cruises were led by Rebekka Larson (WB-0911), Brian Donahue (WB-1114), and Charles Kovach and Sue Murasko (WB-1125).


Supplemental Information

Water depth of core site (m), core collection date (MM/DD/YYYY), site identification (ID), sediment core identification (ID), top depth of interval (mm), bottom depth of interval (mm), average depth of interval (mm), 210Pb (Lead) total (dpm/g), 210Pb (Lead) total error (dpm/g), 234Th (Thorium) Total (dpm/g), 234Th (Thorium) error (dpm/g), re-Analysis of 234Th (Thorium) activity (dpm/g) represent 234ThSup (“supported” Thorium), re-Analysis of 234Th (Thorium) activity error (dpm/g) represent 234ThSup (“supported” Thorium), 137Cs (Caesium) activity (dpm/g), 137Cs (Caesium) activity error (dpm/g), 7Be (Beryllium) activity (dpm/g), 7Be (Beryllium) activity error (dpm/g), 214Pb (Lead, 295 keV) activity (dpm/g), 214Pb (Lead, 295 keV) activity error (dpm/g), 214Pb (Lead, 351 keV) activity (dpm/g), 214Pb (Lead, 351 keV) activity error (dpm/g), 214Bi (Bismuth) activity (dpm/g), 214Bi (Bismuth) activity error (dpm/g), 210PbSup (“supported” Lead) activity (dpm/g), 210PbSup (“supported” Lead) activity error (dpm/g), 210Pbxs (Excess Lead) activity (dpm/g), 210Pbxs (Excess Lead) activity error (dpm/g), decay corrected 210Pbxs (Excess Lead) activity (dpm/g), decay corrected 210Pbxs (Excess Lead) activity error (dpm/g), 234Thxs (Excess Thorium) activity (dpm/g), 234Thxs (Excess Thorium) activity error (dpm/g), decay corrected 234Thxs (Excess Thorium) activity (dpm/g), decay corrected 234Thxs (Excess Thorium) activity error (dpm/g), laboratory/ facility where analysis was performed: Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida. Blank cell denotes no analysis performed.|The cores were extruded in the laboratory and the sediment core preservation was not required for this analysis. Samples were analyzed for short-lived radioisotopes by gamma spectrometry on Series HPGe (High-Purity Germanium) Coaxial Planar Photon Detectors. The detail methods on short-lived radioisotope geochronology can be found at Larson et al., 2018.|Series HPGe (High-Purity Germanium) Coaxial Planar Photon Detectors.|||Larson, R. A., Brooks, G. R., Schwing, P. T., Holmes, C. W., Carter, S. R., & Hollander, D. J. (2018). High-resolution investigation of event driven sedimentation: Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Anthropocene, 24, 40–50. doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2018.11.002


Provide age control and sedimentation rates for sediment cores.


Sediment Core, Short-lived Radioisotopes, benthic, sediment analysis, geological, multicorer, Lead, Thorium, Caesium, Beryllium, Bismuth




March 2019

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Gregg R. Brooks


Eckerd College / Marine Science


Rebekka Larson


University of South Florida / College of Marine Science

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