Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments

2009 Edition
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  • Jürg Beer
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4411-3_23
Beryllium is a lithophile element concentrated in the residual phases of magmatic systems. Due to its special properties as a metal (stiffness, light weight, dimensional stability), it is used in high-tech applications. Several radioactive isotopes exist beside the stable isotope of mass 9. However, only 7Be and 10Be have half-lives longer than a few seconds (Table B1).
Table B1

Half-lives of 7Be and 10Be






53.4 d




1.51 ± 0.06 My


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