Isotopes in Palaeoenvironmental Research

Isotopes in Palaeoenvironmental Research

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This thorough reference shows how stable isotopes can be applied to understanding the palaeoenvironment, with chapters on the interpretation of isotopes in water, tree rings, bones and teeth, lake sediments, speleothems and marine sediments. The book offers detailed advice on calibration, including a multi-proxy approach, using isotope signals from different materials or combined with other palaeoenvironmental techniques, to enhance the reliability of readings.A schematic diagram describing a typical experimental configuration for the on- line preparation (combustion) of tree ring ... The central problem is achieving complete conversion of the sample oxygen to a single product (carbon dioxide), without further addition of oxygen as required for carbon isotope analysis. ... The sample tubes are cracked in a vacuum line (B) and the gases purified prior to analysis.

Title:Isotopes in Palaeoenvironmental Research
Author:Melanie J. Leng
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2006-03-09


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