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Isotopes in 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 cycling 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 have begun to focus on processes involving biogenic silica in the modern environment.

The next IBiS meeting will take place 29-31 May 2024 at UC Louvain, Belgium.

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