Subcommission on Geochronology: Convention on the Use of Decay Constants in Geochronology and Cosmochronology
Published:January 01, 1978
R. H. Steiger, E. Jäger, 1978. "Subcommission on Geochronology: Convention on the Use of Decay Constants in Geochronology and Cosmochronology", Contributions to the Geologic Time Scale, George V. Cohee, Martin F. Glaessner, Hollis D. Hedberg
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On August 24, 1976 the IUGS Subcommission on Geochronology4 met in Sydney, Australia, during the 25th International Geological Congress. They unanimously agreed to recommend the adoption of a standard set of decay constants and isotopic abundances in isotope geology. Values have been selected, based on current information and usage, to provide for uniform international use in published communications. The Subcommission urges that all isotopic data be reported using the recommended values (see appendix).
The recommendation represents a convention for the sole purpose of achieving inter laboratory standardization. The Subcommission does not intend to endorse specific methods of investigation or to specifically select the works of individual authors, institutions, or publications. All selected values are open to and should be the subjects of continuing critical scrutinizing and laboratory investigation. Recommendations will be reviewed by the Subcommission from time to time to bring the adopted conventional values in line with significant new research data.
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Contributions to the Geologic Time Scale
Containing papers given at the Geological Time Scale Symposium in 1976, this volume begins with a review of dating and correlation, and includes papers on the topics of: geochronoloic scales, biochronology, the magnetic polarity time scale, the potassium-argon isotopic dating method, isotopic methods, and worldwide Permian chronostratigraphy, among others.