The thermochronometric systems discussed in this volume broadly share three features: parent isotopes, daughter products, and one or more time-dependent, temperature-sensitive processes by which daughter products are altered or lost. If these processes can be measured in the laboratory, and their behavior confidently extrapolated to geological time scales, it becomes possible to construct a forward model of the system that predicts how a given instance of it will evolve assuming a particular starting arrangement and subsequent time-temperature history.

Once a forward model has been created and verified, it then becomes possible to apply it in the inverse sense: given a...

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