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    Strontium Isotope Materials

    Best suited for stable isotope studies is the 88Sr/86Sr isotope ratio. However, the majority of strontium isotopic analyses are focused on the determination of the radiogenic 87Sr for Rb/Sr dating or studies of material origin. Stable isotopic variations of strontium are used in provenance studies of water and food, for studying biological migration and environmental cycles, and in archaeometry and forensic science. Additionally, δ(88/86Sr) values are used as a paleo-thermometer since the values found in seawater corals reflect the water temperature during coral growth.

    δ(88/86Sr) Values of Reference Materials

    Name Material δSRM987(88/86Sr)
    NIST SRM 987SrCO3 0 ‰*
    OSIL IAPSOseawater+0.386(5) ‰
    NRC TORT-3lobster hepatopancreas+0.454(30) ‰
    NRC DOLT-4dogfish liver+0.207(12) ‰
    JB-3basalt+0.31(2) ‰
    BHVO-2basalt+0.25(2) ‰ **
    BCR-2basalt+0.22(2) ‰ **
    W-2diabase+0.24(3) ‰ **
    MRG-1diabase+0.25(1) ‰
    JA-2andesite+0.19(2) ‰ **
    AGV-2andesite+0.28(1) ‰
    G-2granite+0.36(3) ‰ **
    JG-2granite-0.20(2) ‰ **
    UB-Nserpentinite+0.54(3) ‰
    Name Material δSRM987(88/86Sr)

    Footnotes      Back to Top
    * Exact value defining the δ(88/86Sr) SRM987 scale.
    ** See the Assessment of international reference materials for isotope-ratio analysis for more details.
    Values in parenthesis are expanded (k = 2) uncertainties applicable to the last digits. The values listed in this table are compilation and are not necessarily CIAAW recommendations.


    W.A. Brand et al
    Assessment of international reference materials for isotope-ratio analysis Pure and Applied Chemistry 86, 425-467 (2014)