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THE PREPARATION OF WATER (DIC, DOC) AND GAS (CO2, CH4) SAMPLES FOR RADIOCARBON ANALYSIS AT AEL-AMS, OTTAWA, CANADA

  • Sarah Murseli (a1), Paul Middlestead (a2), Gilles St-Jean (a1), Xiaolei Zhao (a3), Christabel Jean (a1), Carley A Crann (a1), William E Kieser (a3) and Ian D Clark (a1)...

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Sample preparation techniques for radiocarbon analysis of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in freshwater, as well as CO2 and CH4 in gas mixtures are presented. Focused efforts have been on developing a robust and low-background wet oxidation extraction method for DOC in freshwater, following routine methods developed for stable carbon isotope analysis and adapted for radiocarbon (14C) analysis. DIC (by acidification) and DOC (by wet oxidation) are converted to CO2 in pre-baked septum-fitted borosilicate bottles, where the resulting CO2 is extracted from the dissolved and headspace portions on a low-flow He-carrier flow-through system interfaced to a vacuum extraction line. A peripheral CH4 extraction line interfaces to the flow line to separate CH4 from environmental samples following the methods of Pack et al. 2015. High sample throughput and low blanks are achievable with this method. DIC and DOC blanks are consistently <0.7 pMC, while CO2 and CH4 blanks are typically <0.1 pMC.

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*Corresponding author. Email: smurseli@uottawa.ca.

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Selected Papers from the 23rd International Radiocarbon Conference, Trondheim, Norway, 17–22 June, 2018

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