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Resources on Isotopes: Fundamentals of Stable Isotope Geochemistry
This is a brief review of some of the fundamentals of stable isotope geochemistry, including definitions, terminology, basic principles, standards, and guidelines on reporting data. Users can follow the link on the top right for the periodic table and read about the isotopic systems of several dozen elements.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Chemistry
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Mineralogy or petrology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Chemical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-141
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • B - Physical science:
        • Structure and properties of matter
        • Structure of atoms
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Contact Person
United States Geological Survey
Isotope Tracers Project
http://wwwrcamnl.wr.usgs.gov/isoig/bios/