Articles | Volume 1, issue 1
Geochronology, 1, 43–52, 2019
Geochronology, 1, 43–52, 2019

Research article 09 Oct 2019

Research article | 09 Oct 2019

Isolation of quartz for cosmogenic in situ 14C analysis

Keir A. Nichols and Brent M. Goehring


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ED: Publish as is (11 Sep 2019) by Yeong Bae Seong
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (12 Sep 2019) by Greg Balco(Editor)
Short summary
We describe observations of anomalously high measurements of C-14 made from geologic material. We undertake a systematic investigation to identify the source of contamination, which we hypothesise is sourced from a commonly used method that is used prior to sample analysis. We find that the method does introduce modern carbon to samples and elevates C-14 measurements. We describe a standard procedure that effectively removes contamination from the aforementioned method.