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ENSCI 4260: Stable Isotopes in the Environment

(Dual-listed with GEOL 5260/ ENSCI 5260). (Cross-listed with GEOL 4260).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Introduction to the theory, methods and applications of stable isotopes. Primary focus on the origin, natural abundance, and fractionation of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen isotopes. Applications of isotopic occurrence for elucidation of physical, chemical, biological, and environmental processes. Effects of plant physiology, photosynthesis, trophic structure, diffusion, evaporation, chemical precipitation, soil and atmospheric processes, and environmental factors on isotope abundance. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Fall)