Stable isotope ecology
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The goal of the book is to help you use isotope tracers in correct and creative ways to solve environmental problems. This book works on accomplishing this goal in several ways. First, it focuses on ...
The goal of the book is to help you use isotope tracers in correct and creative ways to solve environmental problems. This book works on accomplishing this goal in several ways. First, it focuses on fundamental principles of mixing and fractionation that govern isotope circulation in the biosphere, and aims to help you understand and use these principles. Second, it presents a new modeling approach that is fairly simple to use with computer spreadsheets. This approach enables you to circulate isotopes for yourself
as you sit at your desk, mimicking in virtual reality the ways that isotopes circulate in nature. Lastly, this book presents many stories and illustrations to help you learn, hear, and speak the rich isotope language that permeates the natural world. Although the book is factual in essence, it seeks to stimulate your creativity. A complete course of study for a graduate or post-graduate student interested in learning stable isotope ecology might include three elements: reading this book, finding and reading current research articles as supplements, and planning and carrying out her or his own pilot project using stable isotopes.You should also realize that no matter what you encounter here, it is only a small part of what there is to learn about isotopes, so many sections point you towards further readings.
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