Radiogenic Isotope Geology

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 31, 2005 - Science - 492 pages
A new and fully updated edition of this popular advanced level textbook which reviews the geological applications of techniques involving natural radioactive elements. Comprehensive coverage is given to both rock dating and isotopic tracer studies. The new edition places more emphasis on applications to the environmental sciences. The latest methods are placed in historical context to allow the reader to understand the development of interpretation. The text is fully illustrated with over 600 diagrams to allow easy visualisation of concepts.
 

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Contents

1 Nucleosynthesis and nuclear decay
1
2 Mass spectrometry
15
3 The RbSr method
42
4 The SmNd method
70
5 Lead isotopes
101
6 Isotope geochemistry of oceanic volcanics
136
7 Isotope geochemistry of continental rocks
174
8 Osmium isotopes
203
10 KAr and ArAr dating
254
11 Raregas geochemistry
291
12 Useries dating
324
13 Useries geochemistry of igneous systems
353
14 Cosmogenic nuclides
383
15 Extinct radionuclides
426
16 Fissiontrack dating
451
Index
472

9 LuHf and other lithophile isotope systems
232

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