512 pages, 7 line diagrams, 1 half tone, 8 col plates, 271 col figs
Radiogenic and stable isotopes are used widely in the earth sciences to determine the ages of rocks, meteorites and archeological objects, and as tracers to understand geological and environmental processes. Isotope methods determine the age of the Earth, help reconstruct the climate of the past, and explain the formation of the chemical elements in the Universe.
This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to both radiogenic and stable isotope techniques. An understanding of the basic principles of isotope geology is important in a wide range of the sciences: geology, astronomy, paleontology, geophysics, climatology, archeology, and others.
'I can rave about many ... aspects of this book. The most striking is Allegre's amazing ability to articulate concepts through simple and elegant figures and prose ... Allegre's book represents a long-awaited contribution, which complements those by Faure and Dickin... This book is accessible to all, not just geochemists, but also geophysicists.' Elements '... written by one of the most recognized and appreciated scientists in the field of geochemistry ... Allegre always stays in close connection with geological or cosmic processes, thus making a reader immediately aware of the relevance and significance of isotopes in earth and planetary sciences.' Robert Anczkiewicz, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland
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