The relative isotopic abundance of copper has been measured in a number of minerals and a few plant materials. Suites of samples from Michigan and the Colorado Plateau have been examined in more detail to determine if local variations due to isotopic exchange or diffusion could be found. The relative isotopic abundance of copper in specimens from several other localities was also determined. The variations noted were small but in some cases were felt to be significant because they were larger than the experimental error (0??1 per cent in the ratio). A total spread of -1 to +8 parts per mil compared to the standard was found in the specimens tested. ?? 1958.
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Some natural variations in the relative abundance of copper isotopes