This chapter discusses the use of the stable isotope ratios of hydrogen and oxygen (2H/1H and 18O/16O) to address problems related to groundwater as a sustainable resource, and in particular to recharge, delineation of flow systems and quantification of mass-balance relationships (relative amounts of water from various sources) in applied hydrologic investigations. We will attempt to cover many examples from throughout the world. This chapter is written for the hydrologist who needs to solve a problem. We present just enough theory to make this chapter a stand-alone document, followed by several real-world examples of the uses of stable H and O isotope ratios for solving practical hydrologic problems—thus, the title, isotope engineering.
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- Isotope Engineering—Using Stable Isotopes of the Water Molecule to Solve Practical Problems
Tyler B. Coplen
Andrew L. Herczeg
- Springer US