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Bellucci L. G., Frignani M., Cochran J. K., Albertazzi S., Zaggia L., Cecconi G., Hopkins H. Pb-210 and Cs-137 as chronometers for salt marsh accretion in the Venice Lagoon - Links to flooding frequency and climate change. In: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, vol. 97 (40239) pp. 85 - 102. Elsevier Sci Ltd, 2007.
Five salt marsh sediment cores from different parts of the Venice Lagoon were studied to determine their depositional history and its relationship with the environmental changes occurred during the past similar to 100 years. X-radiographs of the cores show no disturbance related to particle mixing. Accretion rates were calculated using a constant flux model applied to excess Pb-210 distributions in the cores. The record Of (CS)-C-137 fluxes to the sites, determined from Cs-137 profiles and the Pb-210 chronologies, shows inputs from the global fallout of (CS)-C-137 in the late 1950s to early 1960s and the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Average accretion rates in the cores are comparable to the long-term average rate of mean sea level rise in the Venice Lagoon (similar to 0.25 cm y(-1)) except for a core collected in a marsh presumably affected by inputs from the Dese River. Short-term variations in accretion rate are correlated with the cumulative frequency of flooding, as determined by records of Acqua Alta, in four of the five cores, suggesting that variations in the phenomena causing flooding (such as wind patterns, storm frequency and NAO) are short-term driving forces for variations in marsh accretion rate. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2007.03.005
Subject salt marshes
sediment chronology
accretion rates
environmental changes
Venice Lagoon

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