Geochronology and Thermochronology by the 40Ar/39Ar Method

Geochronology and Thermochronology by the 40Ar/39Ar Method

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As in the original edition of 1988, this book covers the principles and practice of argon isotopic dating, a technique that has been used to determine the numerical age of the Earth. The greater precision of the 40Ar/39Ar method allows scientists to test smaller geological samples than its precursor, the K-Ar method, which required a comparison of different elements. The new edition will incorporate new developments made in 40Ar/39Ar application over the last decade, made possible by advances in lasers and mass more

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  • Hardback | 282 pages
  • 177.8 x 264.2 x 25.4mm | 725.76g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • numerous line figures
  • 0195109201
  • 9780195109207
  • 1,322,700

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'This is one of the few second editions I have read that is a great improvment on the first edition. This has been achieved impressively by the authors ... many areas are claerly and succinctly written ... Clear schematic figures of instrumentation, data and modelling also make reading and understanding the book much easier and pleasant to the eye ... The chapters on diffusion theory and thermochronology are consumed with equations, but by the authors clearly develop each step of the procedure making it easier to follow. This is one of the main advantages of the book and helps to make it accessible to students ... a must for any laboratory using and developing techniques in geochronology and thermochronology' Geoscientistshow more

Table of contents

1. Historical introduction ; 2. Basis of the 40AR/39AR dating method ; 3. Technical aspects ; 4. 40AR/39AR data presentation and interpretation App.4.1 Isochron analysis ; 5. Diffusion theory and measurements: App.5.1 Derivation ofthe diffusion equation; App.5.2 Separation of the variables solution for a plane sheet; App.5.3 Translation to spherical coordinates; App.5.4 Sample diffusion calculation ; 6. 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology; App.6.1 Closure temperature of first-order loss ; 7. Application and case histories ; Referencesshow more

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