Original paper

Geochemical fingerprints: a critical appraisal

Hoefs, Jochen


This review provides an overview of geochemical fingerprints currently used in the Earth sciences and discusses their strengths and weaknesses. Special emphasis is given to stable and radiogenic isotopes. Topics to be addressed include various fields of Earth sciences and range from basalts, different water types, biosignatures, bones to anthropogenic fingerprints.


isotope geochemistrytrace elementsmantle reservoirswater typesbiosignaturesredox stateanthropogenic fingerprint