[SGL27-P01] Research report on long-term stability of geological environments and LA-ICP-MS-based age dating
Keywords:long-term stability in geological environments, LA-ICP Mass Spectrometry, U-Pb dating
For research and development of geological disposal techniques for high-level radioactive wastes, we develop and facilitate geochronological dating techniques for evaluation of long-term stability in geological environments, at Tono Geoscience Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency. Elucidating past long-term variations of geological environments leads to predicting the future of the environments and is essential for the geological disposal, because the radioactive wastes need to be buried in deep underground and isolated far from the human living sphere for more than tens of thousands of years. Geochronological dating techniques are necessary for this purpose. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating of zircon provides reliable information about igneous activities such as magmatic differentiation and is also useful for provenance analysis if the mineral is found in sediments. Additionally, dating techniques using 10Be and 26Al, which are generated by cosmic rays reaching the ground, can be applied to quantitative estimation of the amount of uplift and erosion. Combining these various dating methods has great potential to elucidate past long-term variations of geological environments.
In our presentation, we introduce the current status of our development for research on long-term stability of geological environments, U-Pb dating of calcite, U-Pb dating of young zircon and trace element analysis by using LA-ICP-MS.
This study was carried out under a contract with METI as part of its R&D supporting program for developing geological disposal technology.