Neodymium Isotope Geochemistry

An Introduction

  • Donald J. DePaolo

Part of the Minerals and Rocks book series (MINERALS, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Principles and Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Nd Isotopic Variations — A Planetary Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
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  4. Nd Isotopic Variations — Petrogenetic Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 167-187

About this book


This monograph was begun with two objectives in mind. The first was to provide a review of research involving the application of neodymium isotopic measurements to pro­ blems in earth science. In the process of organizing to do this, I realized that the research in this field had produced a need for an updated review of the underlying paradigms. This need had arisen because of the special properties of the samarium-neodymium isotopic system, and because the research had transgressed the traditional boundaries be­ tween the subfields of earth science. Without such a review, the significance of the results seemed likely to remain un­ necessarily obscure to interested scientists from related disciplines. Consequently, the second objective became the provision of a theoretical framework for the application of neodymium isotopic studies. Much of what this contains is not new, but it is drawn together here for the first time. At the time the writing was initiated, the literature of the field was still relatively limited. Over the past 5 years it has grown enormously. Considering the rate at which the writing progressed, it became clear that this could not be a fully up-to-date review and still reach completion. The selection of material for the review sections is biased toward earlier studies. Part I presents most of the background information.


chemistry evolution formation geochemistry geoscience petrology tectonics

Authors and affiliations

  • Donald J. DePaolo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology and GeophysicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-48918-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-48916-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0343-2181
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