Chapter 5. Stable Isotopic Distribution and Isotopic Fractionation of Light Elements in Nature

  1. Dr Wolfram Meier-Augenstein1,2

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688762.ch5

Stable Isotope Forensics: An Introduction to the Forensic Application of Stable Isotope Analysis

Stable Isotope Forensics: An Introduction to the Forensic Application of Stable Isotope Analysis

How to Cite

Meier-Augenstein, W. (2010) Stable Isotopic Distribution and Isotopic Fractionation of Light Elements in Nature, in Stable Isotope Forensics: An Introduction to the Forensic Application of Stable Isotope Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470688762.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee, UK

  2. 2

    SCRI, Invergowrie, Dundee, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470517055

Online ISBN: 9780470688762

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Keywords:

  • stable isotopic distribution and fractionation of light elements in nature;
  • hydrogen - seawater main reservoir in nature;
  • ‘hydrological cycle’ - movement of water and energy between water stores and Earth's spheres;
  • oxygen - Earth's most abundant light chemical element, three stable isotopes in nature;
  • 18O in bone bio-apatite and source water;
  • bone remodelling - rates differ from bone to bone;
  • nitrogen, major constituent by volume in Earth's atmosphere;
  • carbon, varying degree of mass discrimination for assimilation and fixation;
  • sulfur, under-representation in scientific literature

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Hydrogen

  • Oxygen

  • Carbon

  • Nitrogen

  • Sulfur