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Environmental and biomedical applications of natural metal stable isotope variations

Thomas D. Bullen and Thomas Walczyk
Environmental and biomedical applications of natural metal stable isotope variations
Elements (December 2009) 5 (6): 381-385

Abstract

Metal stable isotopes are now being used to trace metal contaminants in the environment and as indicators of human systemic function where metals play a role. Stable isotope abundance variations provide information about metal sources and the processes affecting metals in complex natural systems, complementing information gained from surrogate tracers, such as metal abundance ratios or biochemical markers of metal metabolism. The science is still in its infancy, but the results of initial studies confirm that metal stable isotopes can provide a powerful tool for forensic and biomedical investigations.


ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 5
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Environmental and biomedical applications of natural metal stable isotope variations
Affiliation: U. S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Discipline, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Pages: 381-385
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: 30
Accession Number: 2010-012731
Categories: Isotope geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: National University of Singapore, SGP, Singapore
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
Program Name: USGSOPNon-USGS publications with USGS authors
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