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Dating terrestrial impact structures

Fred Jourdan, W. Uwe Reimold and Alex Deutsch
Dating terrestrial impact structures
Elements (February 2012) 8 (1): 49-53


Hypervelocity impacts of asteroids and comets have played a key role in the evolution of the Solar System and planet Earth. Geochronology, the science that investigates the ages of rocks, has become a preponderant tool for dating impact events and for assessing whether they are related in time to mass extinctions on Earth. Impact events are instantaneous compared to other geological processes and, in theory, represent easy targets for multitechnique geochronology. Yet, only a few terrestrial impact events are accurately and precisely dated. A dating campaign is urgently needed if we are to fully understand the role of impacts in Earth history.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 8
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Dating terrestrial impact structures
Affiliation: Curtin University of Technology, Department of Applied Geology, Western Australian Argon Isotope Facility, Perth, West. Aust., Australia
Pages: 49-53
Published: 201202
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 30
Accession Number: 2012-052092
Categories: GeochronologyGeomorphology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
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Secondary Affiliation: Humboldt University, DEU, GermanyWestfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet, DEU, Germany
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201227
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