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Quaternary Dating Methods


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Table of Contents

Preface. 1 Introduction to Quaternary Dating.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 The development of Quaternary dating.

1.3 Precision and accuracy in dating.

1.4 Atomic structure, radioactivity and radiometric dating.

1.5 The Quaternary: stratigraphic framework and terminology.

1.6 The scope and content of the book.


2 Radiometric Dating 1: Radiocarbon Dating.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Basic principles.

2.3 Radiocarbon measurement.

2.4 Sources of error in radiocarbon dating.

2.5 Some problematic dating materials.

2.6 Calibration of the radiocarbon timescale.

2.7 Applications of radiocarbon dating.


3 Radiometric Dating 2: Dating using Long-lived and Short-lived Isotopes.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Potassium argon and Argon argon dating.

3.3 Uranium series dating.

3.4 Cosmogenic nuclide dating.

3.5 Dating using short-lived isotopes.


4 Radiometric Dating 3: Radiation Exposure Dating.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Luminescence dating.

4.3 Electron spin resonance dating.

4.4 Fission track dating.


5 Dating using Annually-Banded Records

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Dendrochronology.

5.3 Varve chronology.

5.4 Lichenometry.

5.5 Annual layers in glacier ice.

5.6 Other media dated by annual banding.


6 Relative Dating Methods.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Rock surface weathering.

6.3 Obsidian hydration dating.

6.4 Pedogenesis.

6.5 Relative dating of fossil bone.

6.6 Amino-acid geochronology.


7 Techniques for Establishing Age Equivalence.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Oxygen isotope chronstratigraphy.

7.3 Tephrochronology.

7.4 Palaeomagnetism.

7.5 Palaeosols.


8 Dating the future

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Radiometric dating.

8.3 Annually-banded records.

8.4 Age Equivalence.

8.5 Biomolecular dating.


References. Index.

About the Author

Mike Walker is a highly experienced, script writer of drama and documentary for film, radio and television. He has won several Sony Awards for Best Play as well as a Royal Television Society Gold Medal and other awards including ones from the Society of Authors and Writers Guild. He has also written several novels and non-fiction works and teaches creative writing at Morley College London.


"This book is a must for any Quaternary scientist." (South African Geographical Journal, September 2006)

"...very well organized, clearly and straightforwardly written and provides a good overview on the wide field of Quaternary dating methods..."(Journal of Quaternary Science, January 2007)

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