Journal article

The effect of long-term low-temperature exposure on apatite fission track stability: A natural annealing experiment in the deep ocean

Cornelia Spiegel, Barry Kohn, Asaf Raza, Thomas Rainer, Andrew Gleadow

GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

Since studies on deep-sea cores were carried out in the early 1990s it has been known that ambient temperature may have a marked affect on apatite fission track annealing. Due to sluggish annealing kinetics, this effect cannot be quantified by laboratory annealing experiments. The unknown amount of low-temperature annealing remains one of the main uncertainties for extracting thermal histories from fission track data, particularly for samples which experienced slow cooling in shallow crustal levels. To further elucidate these uncertainties, we studied volcanogenic sediments from five deep-sea drill cores, that were exposed to maximum temperatures between ∼10° and 70 °C over geological time s..

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