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Boron Isotopes

The Fifth Element

  • Horst Marschall
  • Gavin Foster
  • First comprehensive review of boron isotope geochemistry

  • Covers the state-of-the art in analytical techniques

  • Provides applications for using boron isotope data


Part of the Advances in Isotope Geochemistry book series (ADISOTOPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Gavin L Foster, Horst R Marschall, Martin R Palmer
    Pages 13-31
  3. Oscar Branson
    Pages 71-105
  4. Malcolm T. McCulloch, Juan P. D’Olivo, James Falter, Lucy Georgiou, Michael Holcomb, Paolo Montagna et al.
    Pages 145-162
  5. Jérôme Gaillardet, Damien Lemarchand
    Pages 163-188
  6. Horst R. Marschall
    Pages 189-215 Open Access
  7. Jan C. M. De Hoog, Ivan P. Savov
    Pages 217-247
  8. Ming-Chang Liu, Marc Chaussidon
    Pages 273-289

About this book


This new volume on boron isotope geochemistry offers review chapters summarizing the cosmochemistry, high-temperature and low-temperature geochemistry, and marine chemistry of boron. It also covers theoretical aspects of B isotope fractionation, experiments and atomic modeling, as well as all aspects of boron isotope analyses in geologic materials using the full range of solutions and in-situ methods. The book provides guidance for researchers on the analytical and theoretical aspects, as well as introducing the various scientific applications and research fields in which boron isotopes currently play a major role. The last compendium to summarize the geochemistry of boron and address its isotope geochemistry was published over 20 years ago (Grew &Anovitz, 1996, MSA Review, Vol.33), and there have since been significant advances in analytical techniques, applications and scientific insights into the isotope geochemistry of boron. This volume in the “Advances in Isotope Geochemistry” series provides a valuable source for students and professionals alike, both as an introduction to a new field and as a reference in ongoing research.

Chapters 5 and 8 of this book are available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at


Boron isotopes Crust-mantle geochemistry Fluid-solid fractionation Glacial-interglacial cycles Paleo-pH proxy Seawater pH

Editors and affiliations

  • Horst Marschall
    • 1
  • Gavin Foster
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für GeowissenschaftenGoethe-Universität FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Boron Isotopes
  • Book Subtitle The Fifth Element
  • Editors Horst Marschall
    Gavin Foster
  • Series Title Advances in Isotope Geochemistry
  • Series Abbreviated Title Adv in Isotope Geochemistry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-64664-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87847-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-64666-4
  • Series ISSN 2364-5105
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-5113
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages V, 289
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 83 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geochemistry
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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