Geochronology and Thermochronology by the 40Ar/39Ar Method

Hardcover | July 1, 1999

byIan McDougall, T. Mark Harrison

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Argon isotopic dating is one of the most important techniques for estimating the ages of rocks and can be used on very small samples. It has been used to assign reliable ages to the Earth and numerous meteorites. This second edition covers the standard principles and methods and incorporatesmany of new developments from the last decade. It covers the basis of the method, technical aspects, data presentation, diffusion theory, thermochronology, and many applications and case studies.

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Argon isotopic dating is one of the most important techniques for estimating the ages of rocks and can be used on very small samples. It has been used to assign reliable ages to the Earth and numerous meteorites. This second edition covers the standard principles and methods and incorporatesmany of new developments from the last decade...

Ian McDougall is at Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University. T. Mark Harrison is at University of California, Los Angeles. For many years Mark Harrison has been the chair of, and a writer for, a variety of UCLES exam papers including FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC and IELTS. He is also the author and co-author of a w...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:July 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195109201

ISBN - 13:9780195109207

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Table of Contents

1. Historical Introduction2. Basis of the 40Ar/39Ar Dating Method3. Technical Aspects4. 40Ar/39Ar Data Presentation and Interpretation5. Diffusion Theory and Measurements6. 40Ar/39Ar Thermochronology7. Applications and Case HistoriesReferencesIndex

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"The coverage of the book is broad and detailed, and the book contains a great deal of information on a variety of related topics. Many examples of studies on specific samples are used as illustrations throughout the book, almost all involving terrestrial materials. The book uses many tables,figures, and equations to illustrate concepts. it also contains 26 pages of references and a seven-page index. It is by far the most extensive treatment of the 40Ar/39Ar dating technique and its applications of which I am aware. Every laboratory performing radiometric dating may wish to have acopy." -- Donald D. Bogard, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 36, 2001