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Download Appendix 1: Standard Reference Materials for Stable Isotopes (106 KB)

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Principles of Stable Isotope Geochemistry is written as a textbook to accompany a one semester course in Stable Isotope Geochemistry. There are 13 chapters, each dealing with a specific subtopic of the field. Other than Chapters 1 and 2 – introduction and definitions – most of the remaining chapters can be read without reliance on the preceding ones. It is also hoped that the book will serve as a general reference volume for researchers in the field.

Principles of Stable Isotope Geochemistry has been organized in such a way that major concepts are explained and accompanied by numerous examples. In most cases, the first published examples are used for illustration, giving both a broad base of understanding and an appreciation for the historical development of the field. Chapters are organized according to broad classifications. In some cases this is done by discipline such as Chapter 4 – Hydrology and in others by isotope, such as Chapter 10 – Sulfur. The new revised version is online. In this way, it can be modified as new advances are made in the field. Comments regarding errors, omissions or suggestions for improvements are welcome in order to keep the book up to date. This new online version is free of charge, available in PDF format. A hardcopy is also available.

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Principles of Stable Isotope Geochemistry, 2nd Edition

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