Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center

Isotope and Aqueous Geochemistry

The Isotope and Aqueous Geochemistry Branch hosts several of the Center's laboratories, including the Noble Gas Laboratory, Stable Isotope Laboratory, Argon Geochronology Laboratory, Mass Spectrometry Laboratories, and the Plasma Laboratory. These laboratories support research in mineral and energy resources, ecosystem, environmental, and natural hazards. Taken together the research of the Isotope and Aqueous Geochemistry Branch is central to modern economic geology studies but also to characterizing an exceptionally broad range of earth processes.

Active Projects

Argon Geochronology 


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Date published: August 22, 2018
Status: Active

Isotope and Chemical Methods for Mineral and Geoenvironmental Assessments and Support of USGS Science Strategy

This Project integrates several geochemical tools—stable isotope geochemistry, noble gas geochemistry, active gas geochemistry, single fluid inclusion chemistry, and fluid inclusion solute chemistry—in studies of the processes that form mineral deposits and the processes that disrupt them during mining or natural weathering. Research is directed toward fundamental scientific questions or, in...

Date published: May 8, 2018
Status: Active

Application of Plasma Ionization Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry

This project will allow us to (1) develop innovative analytical techniques for isotope geochemistry and U-Pb geochronology using plasma ionization mass spectrometry, and (2) apply our new analytical techniques to collaborative research projects of high priority to the Mineral Resources Program, including studies related to the U.S. midcontinent region and Alaska, and/or processes related to...