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Combining metal stable isotope fractionation theory with experiments

Edwin A. Schauble, Merlin Meheut and Pamela S. Hill
Combining metal stable isotope fractionation theory with experiments
Elements (December 2009) 5 (6): 369-374


Theoretical, experimental, and empirical methods for estimating isotope fractionations often complement one another in precision and ease of application. In metal isotope systems, a combined approach to calibrating stable isotope fractionation shows great promise, but it is sometimes necessary to resolve significant disagreements between theoretical models and empirical data. Here we introduce some of the principles and techniques used to estimate metal isotope signatures in low-temperature environments, and we highlight potential sources of uncertainty and error. We also discuss strategies for integrating theoretical calculations with data from laboratory experiments and natural sample suites.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 5
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Combining metal stable isotope fractionation theory with experiments
Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Pages: 369-374
Published: 200912
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 34
Accession Number: 2010-012729
Categories: Isotope geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: Universite Paul Sabatier, FRA, France
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201008
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