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Introduction to Geochronology

Geochronology is the field of science concerned with determining the ages of rocks and other stuff. In this book we attempt to outline the basic principles used for the quantification of geological time focusing on the radio-isotopic dating techniques. We are attempting to be inclusive about the methodologies and applications however there is a focus on the mainstream chronometers and the application of these to the quantification of geologic time.

Part One - Introduction

Part Two - Principles of Radioisotopic Dating

Part Three - Rocks to Ratios: Sample selection and Characterization

Part Four - Rocks to Ratios: Analytical Approaches

Part Five - Ratios to Dates: Determining P/D and Decay Constants

Part Six - Dates to Ages: Considering Interpretation and Uncertainties in Geochronology

Part Seven - Commonly Used Decay Schemes

Part Eight - Examples of Application


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