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Sr-87/Sr-86 isotope composition of bottled British mineral waters for environmental and forensic purposes.

Montgomery, J. and Evans, J.A. and Wildman, G. (2006) 'Sr-87/Sr-86 isotope composition of bottled British mineral waters for environmental and forensic purposes.', Applied geochemistry., 21 (10). pp. 1626-1634.


Mineral waters in Britain show a wide range of 87Sr/86Sr isotope compositions ranging between 87Sr/86Sr = 0.7059 from Carboniferous volcanic rock sources in Perthshire, to 87Sr/86Sr = 0.7207 in the Dalradian aquifer of Aberdeenshire. The 87Sr/86Sr composition of the waters shows a general correlation with the aquifer rocks, resulting in the waters from older rocks having a more radiogenic signature than those from younger rocks. This wide range of values means that the Sr isotope composition of mineral water has applications in a number of types of studies. In the modern commercial context, it provides a way of fingerprinting the various mineral waters and hence provides a method for recognising and reducing fraud. From an environmental perspective, it provides the first spatial distribution of bio-available 87Sr/86Sr in Britain that can be used in modern, historical and archaeological studies.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Strontium isotopes, Weathering rates, Elements, Ratios, Diet, Systematics, Provenance, Indicators, Mudrocks, Mobility.
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Publisher statement:NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Applied geochemistry. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Applied geochemistry, 21 (10), 2006, 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2006.07.002
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Date deposited:17 December 2013
Date of first online publication:October 2006
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