Standard for Reporting Concentrations of Deuterium and Oxygen-18 in Natural Waters

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Science  09 Jun 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3467, pp. 1833-1834
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3467.1833


A standard, based on the set of ocean water samples used by Epstein and Mayeda to obtain a reference standard for oxygen-18 data, but defined relative to the National Bureau of Standards isotopic reference water sample, is proposed for reporting both deuterium and oxygen-18 variations in natural waters relative to the same water. The range of absolute concentrations of both isotopes in meteoric-waters is discussed.

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