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Isotope Geochemistry

A derivative of the Treatise on Geochemistry

After the discovery that elements were commonly composed of isotopes, there developed a range of studies of the variability of isotopic compositions in Earth materials, which was able to add to our understanding of Earth processes and history.

This collection of chapters from the Treatise on Geochemistry describes the range of isotopic studies. The chapters are grouped into the following categories: light stable isotopes, radiogenic tracers, noble gases and radioactive tracers. The first three groups depend on mass spectrometric measurements. The section on radioactive tracers employs both radioactive counting techniques and the newly developed accelerator mass spectrometric techniques.

professionals, researchers, and upper level undergraduate and graduate geochemistry students

Paperback, 752 Pages

Published: September 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-08-096710-3


  • A. Light stable isotopes
    1. Planetary
    Chapter 1: Oxygen isotopes in meteorites
    Chapter 2: Structural and isotopic analysis of organic matter in carbonaceous chondrites
    Chapter 3: Trace element and isotopic fluxes/subducted slab
    2. Atmosphere and hydrosphere
    Chapter 4: Nonmass-dependent isotopic fractionation processes: Mechanisms and recent observations in terrestrial
    and extraterrestrial environments
    Chapter 5: The stable isotopic composition of atmospheric CO2
    Chapter 6: Water stable isotopes: Atmospheric composition and applications in Polar ice core studies
    Chapter 7: Stable isotope applications in hydrologic studies
    Chapter 8: Elemental and isotopic proxies of past ocean temperatures
    Chapter 9: Sulfur-rich sediments
    Chapter 10: Stable isotopes in the sedimentary record
    Chapter 11: The global oxygen cycle
    Chapter 12: High-molecular-weight petrogenic and pyrogenic hydrocarbons in aquatic environments

    B. Radioactive tracers
    Chapter 13: Radiocarbon
    Chapter 14: Natural radionuclides in the atmosphere

    C. Noble gases
    Chapter 15: Noble gases
    Chapter 16: The origin of noble gases and major volatiles in the terrestrial planets
    Chapter 17: Noble gases as mantle tracers

    D. Radiogenic isotopes
    Chapter 18: Sampling mantle heterogeneities through oceanic basalts: Isotopes and trace elements
    Chapter 19: Radiogenic isotopes in weathering and hydrology
    Chapter 20: Long-lived isotopic tracers in oceanography, paleoceanography and ice-sheet dynamics
    Chapter 21: Records of Cenozoic ocean chemistry

    Appendix 1
    Appendix 2
    Appendix 3
    Appendix 4


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