Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research

Isotopes in Palaeoenvironmental Research

Editors: Leng, Melanie J. (Ed.)

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This volume is intended to show how stable isotopes can be applied to understanding the palaeoenvironment. There are chapters on the interpretation of isotopes in water, tree rings, bones and teeth, lake sediments, speleothems and marine sediments. Crucial to the understanding of the environmental signal contained within the isotope composition of different materials is to gain more information about how rainfall isotope compositions are determined by climate. Chapter 1 (Darling et al. ) describes O, H and C stable isotope compositions in the modern day water and aqueous carbon cycles to provide a framework for the interpretation of these isotopes in the past. The chapter on the water cycle divides naturally into a number of sections. The starting point, precipitation, is especially important because it is the precursor to which most O and H isotope proxy studies are attempting to relate. While much is understood about the isotope systematics of precipitation, largely owing to the existence of the IAEA– WMO Global Network for Isotopes in Precipitation (GNIP), important questions remain to be answered in relation to the isotope-temperature gradients of past climatic conditions. The chapter describes the three reservoirs of water sustaining all terrestrial proxies; soil and vadose zone moisture, groundwater, and surface waters. In each reservoir isotope effects intervene to modify to a greater or lesser extent the isotope signature of antecedent precipitation; groundwaters are least affected and surface waters the most.

About the authors

Melanie J. Leng (ed) is head of palaeoclimate research at the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory and Chair in Isotope Geoscience, University of Nottingham.

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From the reviews:

"This 10th volume in Springer’s series ‘Developments in Palaeoenvironmental Research’s intended to show how stable isotopes can be applied to increase the understanding of palaeoenvironments. … The book has an advanced level, but aims at both students and scientists who are interested in stable isotopes and environmental changes. The readers will find new methodologies and advances regarding isotope analysis for palaeoenvironmental research, and learn the basics on isotope fractionation and transport." (Ms. Yu Xiaoguo, Journal of Sedimentary Research, May, 2007)

"The editor of this volume notes that the intention of this book is to ‘show how isotopes can be applied to understanding the paleoenvironment.’ With that intension, several key issues should be addressed in each chapter. … Overall, this book is a useful summary of recent paleo-isotope literature. … The book focuses on water isotopes, and … carbon isotopes. … Isotopes in Palaeoenvironmental Research is aimed at both students and teachers, and as a summary of recent isotope literature it is … useful to both." (Matt Fischer, EOS, Vol. 88 (7), February, 2007)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • ISOTOPES IN BONES AND TEETH

    Joshua E.M. HEDGES, RHIANNON E. STEVENS, PAUL L. KOCH

    Pages 117-145

  • ISOTOPES IN LAKE SEDIMENTS

    MELANIE J. LENG, ANGELA L. LAMB, TIMOTHY H.E. HEATON, et al.

    Pages 147-184

  • ISOTOPES IN SPELEOTHEMS

    FRANK McDERMOTT, HENRY SCHWARCZ, PETER J. ROWE

    Pages 185-225

  • ISOTOPES IN MARINE SEDIMENTS

    MARK A. MASLIN, GEORGE E.A. SWANN

    Pages 227-290

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Isotopes in Palaeoenvironmental Research
Editors
  • Melanie J. Leng
Series Title
Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2504-4
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-2504-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2503-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6674-9
Series ISSN
1571-5299
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 307
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