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Cratering and cosmogenic nuclides

Blake, Michael L. and Wasserburg, G. J. (1975) Cratering and cosmogenic nuclides. Geophysical Research Letters, 2 (11). pp. 477-479. ISSN 0094-8276.

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A simple probabilistic model was constructed for the average value of a cosmogenic nuclide as a function of depth in a regolith. An arbitrary function was chosen for the size distribution of craters. The resulting integro-differential equation was found to reduce in limiting cases to: 1) the marching equation with a characteristic residence time, and 2) to the diffusion equation. The regolith diffusion constant is shown to be a simple integral of the cratering rate weighted by geometrical terms. This formal treatment provides a direct and general connection between cosmogenic nuclides and cratering rates and crater population in a simple analytical form. The validity of this model remains to be tested.

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Additional Information:© 1975 by the American Geophysical Union. Received August 14, 1975; accepted September 11, 1975. This work was supported by grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NGL 05-002-188) and the National Science Foundation (MPS-7102670 A05). One of us would like to thank T. Tombrello for pointing us West during Michael Blake's senior year. We are pleased to acknowledge fervent discussions, continuous interaction and aid from our colleague, David B. Curtis.
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Official Citation:(1975), Michael L. Blake, G. J. Wasserburg; Cratering and cosmogenic nuclides. Geophysical Research Letters, 2: 477–479. doi: 10.1029/GL002i011p00477
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