Advances in geochemistry and geochronology are often closely linked to development of new technologies for improved measurement of elemental and isotopic abundance. At the beginning of the past decade, thermal ionization mass spectrometric (TIMS) methods were just beginning to be applied for long-lived uranium-series nuclide measurement (Edwards et al. 1987; Goldstein et al. 1989; Bard et al. 1990), with considerable advances in measurement speed, precision, and sensitivity over decay-counting methods. This opened up a vast number of applications in uranium-series geochronology and geochemistry of young sediments, volcanic rocks, and aqueous systems. Over the past decade there...

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