IBiS: Isotopes in Biogenic Silica

Biogenic Silica

The study of biogenic silica (silica deposited in plants, algae and animals) in Quaternary sediments is currently being revolutionised by technical advances in stable-isotope mass spectrometry, ICP-MS and 32Si dating.

Growing interest in the global biogeochemical cycle of silicon and its coupling with the carbon cycle is evident from an upsurge of papers in Nature and Science, while a wide range of disciplines including physiology, ecology, geochemistry, hydrology, geomorphology, pedology, agronomy, forestry, limnology, oceanography and biogeochemical modelling has begun to focus on processes involving biogenic silica in the modern environment. IBiS is a QRA sponsored research group.

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Last updated by M. Leng, July 16th 2013, | NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory