Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences,
The University of British Columbia
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Research Spotlight Archives

  • Calibrating the Archean Eon with a New Zircon Reference Material (by Corey Wall)

    U-Pb zircon geochronology is one of the most precise techniques for resolving the rates of processes through geologic time. As a result, it has become a major contributor to our understanding of the timescales that Earth’s processes occur over. An important aspect of any analytical technique is the…

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  • Improving Our Understanding of Metal Leaching from Mine Wastes Using Metal Stable Isotopes (by Elliott Skierszkan)

    Mining of ore deposits provides the raw materials used in the construction of vehicles, computer and telephone circuits, and buildings. As a result, it has become a major contributor to the local and national economies. However, tremendous amounts of waste rock and mine tailings are generated by mining,…

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  • Pb Isotopes in the Ocean

    Applications of the nUBC AttoM Jason McAlister, Kristin Orians, Dominique Weis Billions of litres of seawater undulate against our shores, ferry rides to islands penetrating the sea surface are set against the backdrop of a seemingly endless ocean horizon, we enjoy days at the beach, and feast on…

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  • Assessing the performance of NPII for Fe isotopes

    MAGNET internship at the Nu Instruments factory Anaïs Fourny and Genna Patton It has been observed that one needs to match perfectly standard-sample concentrations to achieve good sample-standard bracketing precision on Δ56Fe/54Fe (‰) and Δ57Fe/54Fe (‰) when using dry plasma. The goal of our internship is to assess…

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  • High precision geochemical data from basalts of the northern Garibaldi Belt, British Columbia, reveal mantle upwelling through tear in subducting slab

    Although a volcanic eruption in downtown Vancouver might sound like something out of a movie, the Vancouver area has been volcanically active for more than a hundred million years.  Magmatic rocks have been unearthed at downtown construction sites and are also visible in cliffs flanking Stanley Park and…

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  • UBC Drinking Water Quality Assessment

    The PCIGR recently collaborated with a group of 4th-year UBC Environmental Science students on their research project: Assessment of Drinking Water at UBC: A consideration of water quality, energy and economic costs, with practical recommendations. Objective: Determine whether heavy metal contamination of campus tap water merits cause for…

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