Neutron Activation for Distinguishing Cascade Range Pyroclastics

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Science  06 Sep 1968:
Vol. 161, Issue 3845, pp. 1009-1011
DOI: 10.1126/science.161.3845.1009


Neutron activation of glassy separates of volcanic ash resulted in 21 nuclides measurable with instrumental techniques. The relative activities of most of the nuclides distinguish samples from Mount Mazama, Newberry Crater, and Glacier Peak. The usefulness of the technique was assessed by comparing the values for known sources with those from fine ash of uncertain origin. The data strongly suggest Mount Mazama as the source.

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