Introduction to Geochronology

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Pieter Vermeesch 

Abstract

These lecture notes cover the first half of an Isotope Geology module at University College London that deals with the geochronological aspects of the subject. The notes introduce the basic principles of radioactive decay, mass spectrometry and isotope dilution before discussing the most common geochronometers in use today, including radiocarbon, Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, U-Pb, Pb-Pb, K-Ar, Ar-Ar, U-Th-He, fission tracks, cosmogenic nuclides and U-series. Practical exercises accompany the theoretical introduction, including five programming sessions in which simplified yet realistic datasets are processed using R or Matlab.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31223/osf.io/sj4ft

Subjects

Cosmochemistry, Earth Sciences, Geochemistry, Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Keywords

Geology, isotopes, Geochronology

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Published: 2017-12-29 13:59

Last Updated: 2020-01-18 03:11

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Academic Free License (AFL) 3.0

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