Ionium-Thorium Chronology in Deep-Sea Sediments of the Pacific

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Science  24 Oct 1958:
Vol. 128, Issue 3330, pp. 1003
DOI: 10.1126/science.128.3330.1003


The ratio of ionium to thorium varies exponentially with depths in deepsea sediments of the Pacific Ocean and gives rates of accumulation of the order of millimeters per thousand of years. Surface values of the ratio were not constant over the eastern Pacific Ocean. This observation may result from differences in thorium isotope concentrations in near bottom waters which furnish these isotopes to the sediments.