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Published on Nov 16, 2017
Isotopes, these subgroups of the chemical elements that differ in their mass, must make a choice when a dissolved element moves into a solid crystal: the light isotopes are enriched when a solid formed fast (kinetic isotope effect), or the heavy exchange against the light isotopes (equilibrium isotope effect).
A science animation designed and produced by:
Friedhelm von Blanckenburg, GFZ Potsdam Andreas Schulz, Filmbüro Potsdam