Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 306, Issue 1, pp 263–269 | Cite as

Underground water dating and age corrections using radiocarbon

  • Ionut Faurescu
  • Carmen Varlam
  • Denisa Faurescu
  • Irina Vagner
  • Constantin Cosma
  • Diana Costinel


This paper describe a method that correlate underground water dating using radiocarbon and other environmental isotopes in order to estimate recharge conditions of an aquifer located in Romania. Radiocarbon ages were corrected by six correction models. Obtained data conducted to a mean transit velocity of studied aquifer of 0.55 m/year, value which is specific for this type of aquifer. Although radiocarbon measurement method proposed in this paper is a classical one, optimizations to the preparation technique allow reduction of time and financial costs and can be successfully applied to a large number of samples, common in hydrological studies.


Radiocarbon Environmental isotopes Groundwater Liquid scintillation counting Direct absorption method 



The authors wish to thank to colleagues of Olt River Administration, especially to Dr. Eng. Toma BONCAN and Eng. Monica DRĂGHICESCU for their help in sampling activity. This work was performed under the BS ERA NET 041 project and within the framework of the Tritium Removal Facility from Institute of Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ionut Faurescu
    • 1
  • Carmen Varlam
    • 1
  • Denisa Faurescu
    • 1
  • Irina Vagner
    • 1
  • Constantin Cosma
    • 2
  • Diana Costinel
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies - ICITRâmnicu VâlceaRomania
  2. 2.Faculty of Environmental Science“Babes-Bolyai” University Cluj-NapocaCluj-NapocaRomania

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