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On May 10, 2019 at 4:46 PM, Pariah said:

So, I talked to my professor today about my summer research capstone project. I'm going to be working with stable heavy isotopes in a plasma mass spectrometry lab. The tentative project is analysis of wood from an ash tree to determine lead content from groundwater the tree absorbed over a period of several decades. Should be pretty interesting!

 

Local tree?  Are you gonna have decay products from the 40s/50s/60s in the sample?

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9 hours ago, Cancer said:

 

Local tree?  Are you gonna have decay products from the 40s/50s/60s in the sample?

 

I hadn't thought about that--the whole Downwinders thing is usually thought of as more a Southern Utah phenomenon--but I expect there could be. Mostly the investigation is focused on lead levels linked to leaded gasoline and the effects of mining upstream, but it'll be interesting to look at the isotopic ratios to see what's there.

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