Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 161–162 | Cite as

J. B. West, G. J. Bowen, T. E. Dawson, and K. P. Tu (Eds): Isoscapes: understanding movement, pattern and process on Earth through isotope mapping

Springer, 2010, 487 pp, Hardback $79.00; £53.99; €64.15, ISBN: 978-90-481-3353-6
  • Jonathan A. Holmes
Book review

The use of stable isotopes in palaeolimnology typically involves a stratigraphical approach, generating time-series of, for example, oxygen, carbon or nitrogen isotopes in material such as carbonates and other minerals, bulk organic matter and specific biomolecules. In palaeolimnology, stable isotopes are used to address problems such as palaeohydrology, which is often linked to local or regional climate, and organic-matter cycling within the lake and the catchment. Despite the focus on the past, there is an increasing emphasis amongst palaeolimnologists on the importance of understanding the modern isotope systematics of the system under investigation, although often the measurements made are few, the time series short, and the spatial scale rather limited. The present volume is concerned with ‘isoscapes’ and arose from a conference of the same name held in Santa Barbara, California, in 2008. What is an isoscape? It is defined here, in the editors’ preface, as a map of stable isotope...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental Change Research Centre, Department of GeographyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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