|Beta Analytic Services||Turnaround Time (business days)||Recommended Sample Volume||Recommended Container|
|– δ13C on Water DIC||14||5 mL||Small Vial *|
|– δ13C + δD + δ18O||14||5 mL||Small Vial *|
|– δD + δ18O||14||5 mL||Small Vial *|
|– δ17O||14||5 mL||Small Vial *|
|– δ17O + δD + δ18O||14||5 mL||Small Vial *|
|– Radiocarbon Dating (Water DIC) **||2-14 (depending on AMS service selected)||250 mL – 1 L||Nalgene bottles ***
(more details found here)
|– Nitrate Source Tracking (δ18O, δ15N)||30||Depends on water type (please contact us)|
|The isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS) can only handle samples up to about 35 PSU (the standard salinity of seawater). The δ18O and δD values are not reported for hypersaline samples (35 PSU or more) and δ13C will only be reported if enough CO2 can be obtained from that sample.|
* Use a small plastic vial with no prior use and fill to the top with no headspace. Beta does not accept water samples for stable isotope analysis that still need to be pretreated (send filtered samples with no chemicals added).
** δ13C, δ18O, and δD analyses are included with radiocarbon dating at no additional cost
*** Please DO NOT use glass bottles, recycled drinking water bottles, or other lightweight / low-density plastic bottles as they may allow isotopic effects to take place and bias the measurements, causing inaccuracies in the reported results. We accept no responsibility for the accuracy of testing results for samples submitted in collection bottles other than those specified.
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This video excerpt is part of Beta Analytic’s webinar: Isotopes in Hydrology
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Before placing the water bottles in a sturdy cardboard box, please put them inside a plastic bag and seal the bag with a zip-tie or duct tape. If any of the bottles leak during shipment, the water will not weaken the box. Please use a box with sufficient packing to prevent breakage while in transit.
We recommend commercial courier or registered first-class mail when sending the samples to the lab. Please email the courier and tracking number so we can monitor your package.
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You might also be interested in these services by our subsidiary, Isobar Science:
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Strontium (87Sr/86Sr ratio)
Sample Return Policy – We cannot return water samples.
Page last updated: October 2022