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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Cited articles

Balco, G., Todd, C., Huybers, K., Campbell, S., Vermeulen, M., Hegland, M., Goehring, B. M., and Hillebrand, T. R.: Cosmogenic-nuclide exposure ages from the Pensacola Mountains adjacent to the foundation ice stream, Antarctica, Am. J. Sci., 316, 542–577,, 2016. 
Balco, G., Todd, C., Goehring, B. M., Moening-Swanson, I., and Nichols, K.: Glacial geology and cosmogenic-nuclide exposure ages from the Tucker Glacier – Whitehall Glacier confluence, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica, Am. J. Sci., 319, 255–286,, 2019. 
Goehring, B. M., Wilson, J., and Nichols, K.: A fully automated system for the extraction of in situ cosmogenic carbon-14 in the Tulane University cosmogenic nuclide laboratory, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. B, 455, 284–292,, 2019. 
Herber, L. J.: Separation of feldspar from quartz by flotation, Am. Mineral., 54, 1212–1215,, 1969. 
Hippe, K., Kober, F., Wacker, L., Fahrni, S. M., Ivy-Ochs, S., Akçar, N., Schlüchter, C., and Wieler, R.: An update on in situ cosmogenic 14C analysis at ETH Zürich, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. B, 294, 81–86,, 2013. 
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