Few geochemistry texts achieve a fifth edition, which is a tribute to the value of this book to a wide audience. It is a slim volume, but with over one thousand references, the pages are packed with information. The book provides both an overview of the topic and a starting point for more detailed study of individual isotopic systems. The writing is concise and is supported by an abundance of first-class illustrations.

The opening chapter reviews the general principles of stable isotope geochemistry and the analytical methods used to measure isotope ratios. This includes useful discussion on mass-independent isotope fractionation,...

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