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Chronostratigraphy

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January 01, 2016

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During the past 30 years, since the first edition of this publication (Curry et al. 1978), both the absolute chronology of the Tertiary, and its calibration to other geochronological and biochronological events, have been progressively refined and stabilized. This has resulted from resolution of the relationships of successions in different areas, largely through biostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy and improved radiometric dating. Important milestones during the earlier part of this period have been syntheses by Berggren et al. (1985, 1995), Haq et al. (1987, 1988) and Harland (1990). The Berggren et al. (1995) publication incorporated a rigorous re-evaluation of key planktonic foraminiferid and calcareous nannoplankton datums, and their calibration to the magnetostratigraphic and geochronological scale. It also incorporated the first astronomically tuned calibration of the timescale, which had been extended ‘downwards’ from the Pleistocene through the Pliocene by this time. The Berggren et al. (1995) timescale remained the standard reference for almost a decade.

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Geological Society, London, Special Reports

A revised correlation of Tertiary rocks in the British Isles and adjacent areas of NW Europe

C. King
C. King
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A. S. Gale
A. S. Gale
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Burnaby Building, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3QL, UK
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T. L. Barry
T. L. Barry
Department of Geology, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
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Geological Society of London
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27
ISBN electronic:
9781862397071
Publication date:
January 01, 2016

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