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Isotopic Dating

Isotopic dating

Stable isotopes are also useful in dating techniques as well as in other applications in environmental sciences. Stable isotopes are non-radioactive isotopes of elements. Most studies have focused on stable isotopes of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, sulphur, and nitrogen. The lightest isotopes of these elements are most abundant. The relative abundances of the isotopes are normally reported as ‘del values’ relative to an accepted standard. This refers to the difference or delta between the sample and the standard. Variations in the relative abundances of stable isotopes of the same element are caused by the preferential reaction or transport of the lighter isotope. This fractionation can occur in physiochemical and biological processes. The selective reaction of a lighter isotope causes the remaining isotopes in ...

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