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  • 1 Xiamen University, State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science College of Oceanography and Environmental Science Xiamen 361005 P.R. China
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Abstract  

Two marine sediment cores were collected from nearshore off Xinghua Bay mouth in Fujian, China and the 40K, 137Cs, 210Pb, 226Ra, 228Ra, 228Th and 238U in the cores were measured using γ-spectroscopy. For the core ZK6, the activities of 40K were vertically homogeneous within measured error in the whole core and 226Ra, 228Ra and 228Th showed large vertical variations with the same tendency. The sedimentation rates were 0.400 cm·y−1 above 50 cm and 0.737 cm·y−1 below depth of 50 cm. The change of sedimentation rates indicates the heterotaxy, which was justified by the absence of 137Cs in the zone of 25–50 cm. For core ZK6, the sedimentation rate was 0.179 cm·y−1. Vertical distributions of 40K, 226Ra, 228Ra, 228Th and 238U in the core ZK18 are similar to each other although there were significant large variations with depth. The large variations of radioisotopes with depth in the cores mean that the sediment cores have been disturbed largely due to marine environment change. The mean activities of radioisotopes in the core ZK6 are higher than ZK18 that may be ascribed to different hydrodynamic environments.