Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 179–188 | Cite as

Distribution coefficients of210Pb and210Po in laboratory and natural aquatic systems

  • K. Wang
  • R. J. Cornett


We have measured the distribution coefficient (Kd) of210Po and210Pb in laboratory systems and in natural freshwater systems. In the laboratory systems, an inverse relationship was observed between the particle concentration of sand or lake sediment, and the distribution coefficients of210Po and210Pb. The slope of the log-linearKdvs particle concentration relation is consistent with existingKd-particle concentration theories. These laboratory observations are consistent with similar measurements in two lakes. TheKd values of Po and Pb for the bottom sediment-pore water system with a high particle concentration were 10 to 100 times lower than those for dilute concentrations of particles suspended in the lake water. TheKd of210Pb in the sediments was >104 so that the diffusive transport of210Pb has only a small influence on the interpretation of210Pb concentration-depth profiles and the210Pb dating of these sediments.

Key words

distribution coefficient Kd 210Pb 210Po freshwater sediment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Wang
    • 1
  • R. J. Cornett
    • 2
  1. 1.Watershed Ecosystems Graduate ProgramTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada
  2. 2.AECL Research, Chalk River LaboratoriesChalk RiverCanada

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