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Precision and accuracy in geochronology

Blair Schoene, Daniel J. Condon, Leah Morgan and Noah McLean
Precision and accuracy in geochronology (in One hundred yeras of geochronology, Daniel J. Condon (editor) and Mark D. Schmitz (editor))
Elements (February 2013) 9 (1): 19-24


Geochronology in Earth and Solar System science is increasingly in demand, and this demand is not only for more results, but for more precise, more accurate, and more easily interpreted temporal constraints. Because modern research often requires multiple dating methods, scrupulous inter- and intramethod calibration in absolute time is required. However, improved precision has highlighted systematic analytical biases and uncovered geologic complexity that affects mineral dates. At the same time, both enhanced spatial resolution through microbeam geochronology and creative uses of disparate data sets to inform age interpretations have helped explain complexities in age data. Quantifying random and systematic sources of instrumental and geological uncertainty is vital, and requires transparency in methodology, data reduction, and reporting. Community efforts toward inter- and intracalibration of chronometers will continue to help achieve the highest possible resolving power for integrative geochronology.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 9
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Precision and accuracy in geochronology
Title: One hundred yeras of geochronology
Author(s): Schoene, BlairCondon, Daniel J.Morgan, LeahMcLean, Noah
Author(s): Condon, Daniel J.editor
Author(s): Schmitz, Mark D.editor
Affiliation: Princeton University, Department of Geosciences, Princeton, NJ, United States
Pages: 19-24
Published: 201302
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: 29
Accession Number: 2013-030753
Categories: Geochronology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: British Geological Survey, GBR, United KingdomScottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, GBR, United Kingdom
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: 201319
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