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Title: Spatio-temporal variability of natural radioactivity as tracer of beach sedimentary dynamics
Authors: Arriola Velásquez, Ana Del Carmen 
Tejera, A. 
Guerra, J. G.
Alonso, I. 
Alonso, H. 
Arnedo, M. A. 
Rubiano, J. G. 
Martel, P. 
UNESCO Clasification: 250618 Sedimentología
Keywords: Natural radionuclides
Sedimentary processes
Issue Date: 2019
Journal: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 
Abstract: Knowledge of coastal sedimentary dynamics is an essential tool in the sustainable management of high-value natural places, such as beaches, which play an important role in human life. With this aim, spatio-temporal variations of activity concentrations of the main natural radionuclides in intertidal sand samples were measured in order to analyse their role as tracers of different sedimentary processes on a beach with wide and diversified sedimentary dynamics (Las Canteras beach at Gran Canaria Island). The radionuclides studied were 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 210Pbex. A cluster analysis and a principal component analysis performed by using stationary averages of the studied radionuclides activity concentrations and other quantities, such as grain size and or bulk density, were developed. These analyses divided the beach into three zones of sediment distribution related to one of the main geomorphological characteristics of the beach. Finally, annual variations in 226Ra/228Ra ratios were used to study erosion and accretion periods on the beach.
ISSN: 0272-7714
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2019.106476
Source: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science [ISSN 0272-7714], v. 231 (106476)
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