Chemical composition of sediments from marine shallow-water hydrothermal mounds in Wakamiko submarine crater revealed by multiple prompt gamma-ray analysis

Katsumi Shozugawa, Motoyuki Matsuo, Yuji Sano, Yosuke Toh, Yukihiro Murakami, Kazuyoshi Furutaka, Mitsuo Koizumi, Atsushi Kimura, Kaoru Hara, Tadahiro Kin, Masumi Oshima, Shoji Nakamura, Hideo Harada

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Multiple prompt gamma-ray analysis (MPGA), a new radionuclide quantification method with high energy resolution, was applied to sediments from a marine shallow- water hydrothermal mound. Surface sediments around mounds were collected from the Wakamiko submarine crater located in Kagoshima Bay, southwest Japan, where the hydrothermal system was different from those at other marine shallow-water hydrothermal mounds. All samples were desalted and MPGA measurements were performed for 4,500 s (real time). Event data were obtained using eight Canberra-Eurisys CLOVER Ge detectors. The size of the list data that included all multiple events was from 1.19 to 19.2 GB. We could obtain concentrations of 32S, 55Mn, 75As, 157Gd, 39K, 149Sm, 56Fe, and 85Rb with high sensitivity by MPGA. Furthermore, 32S, 85Rb, and 55Mn have characteristic concentrations only at a mound, not at control sampling sites, suggesting that sediments were sulfurated by magmatic fluids at this mound.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-346
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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