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2. Isotopic clocksthe persistence of carbon

2. Isotopic clocks: the persistence of carbon  

Rob Ellam

in Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2016
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May 2016
eISBN: 
9780191790737
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723622.003.0002
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9780198723622
About one in a trillion atoms of carbon is the radioactive isotope 14C. It is a ‘cosmogenic isotope’ produced by the interaction between atmospheric nitrogen (N) and cosmic rays. The ... More
5. Pairing up

5. Pairing up  

Stephen Blundell

in Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777240
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10.1093/actrade/9780199540907.003.0005
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In the years following the Second World War, there was a large expansion in research in physics. The importance of the Manhattan project and the development of radar had proved the value of ... More
9. The making of the new superconductors

9. The making of the new superconductors  

Stephen Blundell

in Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777240
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10.1093/actrade/9780199540907.003.0009
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9780199540907
The new research field of high-temperature superconductivity that was born in the late 1980s was radically different from superconductivity research in the 1960s. The use of new oxide ... More
Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction

Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction  

Rob Ellam

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May 2016
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May 2016
eISBN: 
9780191790737
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723622.001.0001
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9780198723622
An isotope is a variant form of a chemical element, containing a different number of neutrons in its nucleus. Most elements exist as several isotopes. Many are stable, others are ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Rob Ellam

in Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2016
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May 2016
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9780191790737
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723622.003.0012
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9780198723622
Since its inception at a dinner party in Glasgow shortly before World War II, the concept of isotopes has constantly been at the forefront of human endeavour. As we have seen, isotopes have ... More
7. Reconstructing the past and weathering the future

7. Reconstructing the past and weathering the future  

Rob Ellam

in Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2016
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May 2016
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9780191790737
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723622.003.0007
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9780198723622
Tiny microfossils called Foraminifera form calcium carbonate shells that record the δ18O composition of the seawater in which they grew. These microfossils are found in sea bed sediment ... More
Lakes: A Very Short Introduction

Lakes: A Very Short Introduction  

Warwick F. Vincent

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191821035
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766735.001.0001
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9780198766735
From the mysterious depths of Lake Vostok, Antarctica, to tropical floodplain lakes, inland seas, hydro-reservoirs, and numerous waterbodies in our local environment, lakes encompass a huge ... More
8. Deep ocean sediments and dating the past

8. Deep ocean sediments and dating the past  

Jamie Woodward

in The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779671
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199580699.003.0009
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9780199580699
Deep ocean sediments, dominated by the shells of tiny marine organisms, form an unbroken record of environmental change that spans the entire Quaternary. In 1968, the Deep Sea Drilling ... More
6. Dinosaur research: observations and techniques

6. Dinosaur research: observations and techniques  

David Norman

in Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191837104
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10.1093/actrade/9780198795926.003.0007
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9780198795926
In ‘Dinosaur research: observation and techniques’, various lines of investigation are outlined to reinforce the point that it is often better to use numerous approaches if we are to gain a ... More
11. Cosmic stopped clocks

11. Cosmic stopped clocks  

Rob Ellam

in Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2016
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May 2016
eISBN: 
9780191790737
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723622.003.0011
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9780198723622
‘Cosmic stopped clocks’ explains how, using isotopes that are the daughters of isotopes that no longer exist, isotope geochemistry has been able to assemble a chronology for the formation ... More
The Elements: A Very Short Introduction

The Elements: A Very Short Introduction  

Philip Ball

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2004
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Apr 2014
eISBN: 
9780191776298
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192840998.001.0001
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9780192840998
The Elements: A Very Short Introduction traces the history and cultural impact of the elements on humankind, and examines why people have long sought to identify the substances ... More

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