Laser-Ablation-ICPMS in the Earth Sciences. Paul Sylvester, Ed. Short Course Series 29, Mineralogical Society of Canada. Price: US $38, CAN $38.

Advances in geochemistry are often tied to technologic innovations that allow the analyst to make increasingly precise measurements within the periodic table. Analytic techniques have life cycles, some short, some long, but all eventually subsumed by faster, cheaper, more precise upstarts. A sort of technologic Darwinism prevails. Laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA)-ICP-MS (the reader is at liberty to liberally add or subtract hyphens to the acronym) appears to be entering the early...

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