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Thermochronological Methods: From Palaeotemperature Constraints to Landscape Evolution Models

Product Code: SP324
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by F. Lisker, B. Ventura & U.A. Glasmacher
Publication Date: 16 October 2009
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Thermochronology - the use of temperature-sensitive radiometric dating methods to reconstruct the thermal histories of rocks - has proved to be an important means of constraining a wide variety of geological processes. Fission track and (U–Th)/He analyses of apatites, zircons and titanites are the best-established methods for reconstructing such histories over time scales of millions to hundreds of millions of years.
The papers published in this volume are divided into two sections. The first section on ‘New approaches in thermochronology’, presents the most recent advances of existing thermochronological methods and demonstrates the progress in the development of alternative thermochronometers and modelling techniques.
The second section, ‘Applied thermochronology’, comprises original papers about denudation, long-term landscape evolution and detrital sources from the European Alps, northwestern Spain, the Ardennes, the Bohemian Massif, Fennoscandia and Corsica. It also includes case studies from the Siberian Altai, Mozambique, South Africa and Dronning Maud Land (East Antarctica) and reports an ancient thermal anomaly within a regional fault in Japan.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-285-4
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-285-4
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 339
Weight: 1.00 kg



Apatite thermochronology in modern geology, F Lisker, B Ventura & U A Glasmacher

Part I: New approaches in thermochronology

Coincidence mapping – a key strategy for the automatic counting of fission tracks in natural minerals, A J W Gleadow, S J Gleadow, D X Belton, B P Kohn, M S Krochmal & R W Brown

The effect of chemical etching on LA–ICP-MS analysis in determining uranium concentration for fission-track chronometry, N Hasebe, A Carter, A J Hurford & S Arai

Quantitative constraints on mid- to shallow-crustal processes using the zircon (U–Th)/He thermochronometer, K J Dobson C Persano & F M Stuart

Improving constraints on apatite provenance: Nd measurement on fission-track-dated grains, A Carter & G L Foster

Calibration and comparison of etching techniques for apatite fission-track thermochronology, G R Murrell, E R Sobel, B Carrapa & P Andriessen

Convective heat transfer in a steeply dipping fault zone and its impact on the interpretation of fission-track data – a modelling study, Z Timar-Geng, A Henk & A Wetzel

Reconstruction of palaeotopography from low-temperature thermochronological data, W Wang & Z Zhou

Part II: Applied thermochronology – long-term evolution studies

What perturbs isotherms? An assessment using fission-track thermochronology and thermal modelling along
the Gotthard transect, Central Alps, C Glotzbach, C Spiegel, J Reinecker, M Rahn & W Frisch

Pebble population dating as an additional tool for provenance studies – examples from the Eastern Alps, I Dunkl, W Frisch, J Kuhlemann & A Brügel

Focused erosion in the Alps constrained by fission-track ages on detrital apatites, M G Malusà, M Zattin, S Andò, E Garzanti & G Vezzoli

Exhumation of the Sierra de Cameros (Iberian Range, Spain): constraints from low-temperature thermochronology, P Del Rio, L Barbero & F M Stuart

Late- and post-Variscan evolution of the Ardennes in France and Belgium: constraints from apatite fission-track data, C Xu, J L Mansy, P Van Den Haute, F Guillot, Z Zhou, J Chen & J De Grave

Thermal and denudation history of the Lusatian Block (NE Bohemian Massif, Germany) as indicated by apatite fission-track data, B Ventura, F Lisker & J Kopp

A reappraisal of low-temperature thermochronology of the eastern Fennoscandia Shield and radiation-enhanced apatite fission-track annealing, B P Kohn, M Lorencak, A J W Gleadow, F Kohlmann, A Raza, K G Osadetz & P Sorjonen-Ward

Weathering of granite and granitic regolith in Corsica: short-term 10Be versus long-term thermochronological constraints, J Kuhlemann, I Krumrei, M Danišik & K Van Der Borg

Multi-method chronometry of the Teletskoye graben and its basement, Siberian Altai Mountains: new insights on its thermo-tectonic evolution, J De Grave, M M Buslov, P Van Den Haute, J Metcalf, B Dehandschutter & M O Mcwilliams

Post Pan-African thermo-tectonic evolution of the north Mozambican basement and its implication for the Gondwana rifting. Inferences from 40Ar/39Ar hornblende, biotite and titanite fission-track dating, M C Daszinnies, J Jacobs, J-A Wartho & G H Grantham.

Denudation along the Atlantic passive margin: new insights from apatite fission-track analysis on the western coast of South Africa, A Kounov, G Viola, M De Wit & M A G Andreoli

Steady-state exhumation pattern in the Central Andes – SE Peru, G M H Ruiz, V Carlotto, P V Van Heiningen & P A M Andriessen

Combined titanite and apatite fission-track data from Gjelsvikfjella, East Antarctica – another piece of a concealed intracontinental Permo-Triassic Gondwana rift basin? B Emmel, J Jacobs & M C Daszinnies

Fission-track analysis of the Atotsugawa Fault (Hida Metamorphic Belt, central Japan): fault-related thermal anomaly and activation history, R Yamada, H Ongirad, T Matsuda, K Omura, A Takeuchi & H Iwano



J. Barbarand

An excellent introduction allows us to take stock of these techniques which remain rather recent and on their fields of application.

(Translated from review in Geochronique)

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