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Geochronology and Thermochronology by the 40Ar/39Ar Method - Ian McDougall

Geochronology and Thermochronology by the 40Ar/39Ar Method

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780195109207
Number Of Pages: 282

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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 spectrometry.

"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 a copy." -- Donald D. Bogard, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 36, 2001 "When the first edition of McDougall and Harrison appeared in 1988, it summarized the state of knowledge in Ar-Ar geochronology, and provided every graduate student and academic with essential details and knowledge of the technique. . . . It was, and remains the essential reference book found in every Ar-Ar laboratory throughout the world. . . . [T]here have been several improvements in the techniques, [and] ... I would ... say that the techniques you will be using now and the application papers you will want to find, are described and referenced in this edition and not in the first edition. . . . Finally, is the second edition ... value for money as an Ar-Ar source book . . . ? Do the readers of Journal of Petrology need this second edition? The answer is yes . . . [I]t is a remarkably difficult task to write such a source book and keep it up to date. The authors have succeeded in updating their original work and making it relevant to modern Ar-Ar dating."--Journal of Petrology "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 a copy." -- Donald D. Bogard, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 36, 2001

1: Historical Introduction 2: Basis of the ]4]0Ar/³]9Ar Dating Method 3: Technical Aspects 4: ]4]0Ar/³]9Ar Data Presentation and Interpretation 5: Diffusion Theory and Measurements 6: ]4]0Ar/³]9Ar Thermochronology 7: Applications and Case Histories References Index

ISBN: 9780195109207
ISBN-10: 0195109201
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 18.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.81
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised