A team of three researchers based in Austria and Australia lead by Stephan Winkler have identified the bomb-pulse of this isotope in corals from the Caribbean Sea. Uranium is readily dissolved in seawater, and therefore is carried by ocean currents. This makes uranium-236 and ideal tool for investigating ocean currents. Read the full story here.
Isotope Researcher Stephan Winkler, University of Vienna, is shown in front of the "Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator" (VERA).
Credit: Copyright: Universität Wien
|This image shows Jessica Carilli, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, taking a coral core in the Caribbean Sea.
Credit: Copyright: Brad Erisman 2006