About this book
Stable Isotope Geochemistry, an introduction to the use of stable isotopes in the Earth Sciences, is subdivided into three parts: theoretical and experimental principles; fractionation mechanisms of light and heavy elements; and natural variations of geologically important reservoirs. Since publication of the 5th edition, substantial progress has been achieved in many subdisciplines of this field. Examples of these recent developments, which made a further revision necessary and are thus incorporated in the 6th edition, are:
- Applications of Multicollector- ICP-MS have grown rapidly and now enable investigations of natural isotope variations of a wide range of transition and heavy elements that could not previously be measured with adequate precision;
- Precise ion-probe measurements on the micrometer scale allow the detection of the growth and dissolution histories of minerals;
- Evidence for mass-independent fractionation in a variety of compounds and elements has increased considerably;
- High-precision analysis of the multiple rare isotopes of a specific element permit the distinction of different mass-dependent fractionation mechanisms;
- Precise measurements of molecules containing more than one rare isotope indicate non-random distributions of the rare isotopes, which potentially may be utilized as one-mineral thermometers.
This updated contemporary overview of the field continues to provide students, researchers, and practitioners with quick access to best practice, as well as the latest research and literature.