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Atmospheric helium isotopic ratio from 1910 to 2016 recorded in stainless steel containers

Boucher, C. ; Marty, B. ; Zimmermann, L. ; Langenfelds, R., Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Atmospheric helium isotopic ratio from 1910 to 2016 recorded in stainless steel containers

Boucher, C. ; Marty, B. ; Zimmermann, L. ; Langenfelds, R.

Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 2018, 6, 23-27

Abstract :

The atmospheric helium isotope composition (RA=3He/4He air = 1.39 × 10-6) could have varied over recent times due to anthropogenic activities. In order to check this possibility, we conducted high-precision helium isotope measurements of air trapped in various stainless steel containers from France (pétanque balls, a float carburettor ; 1910–2016) and Cape Grim, Tasmania (archived air tanks ; 1978, 1988). We used a double collector mass spectrometer at the Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG, Nancy, France). We found a similar composition between the French and Cape Grim air samples. The temporal variation estimated from all samples including data previously published is not significant, with a trend of +0.002 ± 0.024‰/yr over 106 years (2σ). We suspect that the release of radiogenic 4He by fossil fuel exploitation could have been at least partly offset by the production of 3He (via the decay of 3H) from nuclear tests. This study supports the suitability of atmospheric helium as an inter-laboratory isotope standard.

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publié lundi 19 mars 2018