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Advances in 40Ar/39Ar Dating: From Archaeology to Planetary Sciences

Product Code: SP378
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by F. Jourdan, D.F. Mark & C. Verati
Publication Date: 31 March 2014
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Special Publication 378

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Decoding the complete history of Earth and our solar system requires the placing of the scattered pages of Earth history in a precise chronological order, and the 40Ar/39Ar dating technique is one of the most trusted dating techniques to do that. The 40Ar/39Ar method has been in use for more than 40 years, and has constantly evolved since then. The steady improvement of the technique is largely due to a better understanding of the K/Ar system, an appreciation of the subtleties of geological material and a continuous refinement of the analytical tools used for isotope extraction and counting. The 40Ar/39Ar method is also one of the most versatile techniques with countless applications in archaeology, tectonics, structural geology, orogenic processes and provenance studies, ore and petroleum genesis, volcanology, weathering processes and climate, and planetary geology. This volume is the first of its kind and covers methodological developments, modelling, data handling, and direct applications of the 40Ar/39Ar technique.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-360-8
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 378
Weight: 1 kg



JOURDAN, F., MARK, D. F. & VERATI, C. Advances in 40Ar/39Ar dating: from archaeology to planetary sciences – introduction

MCDOUGALL, I. Perspectives on 40Ar/39Ar dating

Methodological developments

RENNE, P. R. Some footnotes to the optimization-based calibration of the 40Ar/39Ar system

JOURDAN, F.& RENNE, P. R. Neutron-induced 37Ar recoil ejection in Ca-rich minerals and implications for 40Ar/39Ar dating

HALL, C. M. Direct measurement of recoil effects on 40Ar/39Ar standards

MORGAN, L. E., MARK, D. F., IMLACH, J., BARFOD, D. & DYMOCK, R. FCs-EK: a new sampling of the Fish Canyon Tuff 40Ar/39Ar neutron flux monitor

HERI, A. R., ROBYR, M. & VILLA, I.M. Petrology and geochronology of ‘muscovite age standard’ B4M

BARFOD, D. N., MARK, D. F., TAIT, A., DYMOCK, R. C. & IMLACH, J. Argon extraction from geological samples by CO2 scanning laser step-heating

HARRISON, T. M. & LOVERA, O. M. The multi-diffusion domain model: past, present and future

VILLA, I. M. Diffusion of Ar in K-feldspar: Present and absent

FORSTER, M. A. & LISTER, G. S. 40Ar/39Ar geochronology and the diffusion of 39Ar in phengite–muscovite intergrowths during step-heating experiments in vacuo

WARTHO, J.-A., KELLEY, S. P. & ELPHICK, S. C. Ar diffusion and solubility measurements in plagioclases using the ultra-violet laser depth-profiling technique

VERATI, C. & JOURDAN, F. Modelling effect of sericitization of plagioclase on the 40K/40Ar and 40Ar/39Ar chronometers: implication for dating basaltic rocks and mineral deposits

TURNER, G. & BURGESS, R. The other isotopes: research avenues based on 36Ar, 37Ar and 38Ar

Applications: Tectonics

WANG, F., ZHU, R., HOU, Q., ZHENG, D., YANG, L., WU, L., SHI, W., FENG, H., SANG, H., ZHANG, H. & LIU, Q. 40Ar/39Ar Thermochronology on Central China Orogen: Cooling, uplift and implications for orogeny dynamics

LEITNER, C., NEUBAUER, F., GENSER, J., BOROJEVIĆ -ŠOŠTARIĆ, S. & RANTITSCH, G. 40Ar/39Ar ages of crystallization and recrystallization of rock-forming polyhalite in Alpine rocksalt deposits

BENOWITZ, J. A., LAYER, P.W. & VANLANINGHAM, S. Persistent long-term (c. 24 Ma) exhumation in the Eastern Alaska Range constrained by stacked thermochronology

DOWNING, G. E., HEMMING, S. R., JOST, A. & ROY, M. 40Ar/39Ar hornblende provenance clues about Heinrich event 3 (H3)

FLUDE, S., HALTON, A. M., KELLEY, S. P., SHERLOCK, S. C., SCHWANETHAL, J. & WILKINSON, C. M. Observation of centimetre-scale argon diffusion in alkali feldspars: implications for 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology

Applications: Volcanology

CHANG, S.-C., ZHANG, H., HEMMING, S. R., MESKO, G. T. & FANG, Y. 40Ar/39Ar age constraints on the Haifanggou and Lanqi formations: When did the first flowers bloom?

VERATI, C., PATRIER-MAS, P., LARDEAUX, J. M. & BOUCHOT, V. Timing of geothermal activity in an active island-arc volcanic setting: First 40Ar/39Ar dating from Bouillante geothermal field (Guadeloupe, French West Indies)

Applications: Planetary sciences

PARK, J., BOGARD, D. D., NYQUIST, L. E. & HERZOG, G. F. Issues in dating young rocks from another planet: Martian shergottites

WALTON, E. L., KELLEY, S., HERD, C. D. K. & IRVING, A. J. A laser probe 40Ar/39Ar investigation of poikilitic shergottite NWA 4797: implications for the timing of shock metamorphism

SWINDLE, T. D., KRING, D. A. & WEIRICH, J. R. 40Ar/39Ar ages of impacts involving ordinary chondrite meteorites

MARK, D. F., LINDGREN, P. & FALLICK, A. E. A high-precision 40Ar/39Ar age for hydrated impact glass from the Dellen impact, Sweden


Mark Griffin

Geoscientists vol 1 Feb 2015

All sections of the volume are well written and edited, concisely laid out with clear and appropriate figures, photographs and data-tables – features that one has come to expect from the Geological Society Special Publication series.

In summary, the volume is a comprehensive and significant contribution to the field, and the editors are to be congratulated. I expect this will become a valuable complementary volume to the established principal reference work for the technique. (McDougall, I. & Harrison T.M. 1999. Geochronology and thermochronology by the 40Ar/39Ar Method. Oxford University Press. Oxford. 282pp)

Michael Cosca, US Geological Survey

American Mineralogist, vol 100 February-March 2015

…the real strength of this book lies in the overall scientific quality of the chapters and diversity of the subject matter: current debates about standardization, resolution of isotopic variation and gradients at the sub-grain level, modelling argon retention during cooling, mineral growth, alteration, and resetting. These are all research topics that collectively underscore the fundamental utility of the 40Ar/39Ar method.
A significant accomplishment of this book is that it assembles chapters highlighting prevalent, and, in cases, contrasting, views of how 40Ar/39Ar data are acquired, modelled, and/or interpreted. In addition, the chapters that highlight sub-grain sample characterization and analysis provide a glimpse into research directions that should be more accessible with improved technology.
…The sturdy binding and high-quality printing of the book are typical of what readers have come to expect from The Geological Society book series. This book should have no trouble finding a place on the shelf of any scientist interested in 40Ar/39Ar methods.

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