Isotope Geochemistry

A derivative of the Treatise on Geochemistry

Edited by

  • Heinrich D Holland, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Karl Turekian, Yale University, Connecticut, USA

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.

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Book information

  • Published: September 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-096710-3

Table of Contents

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