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Potassium Argon Dating

  • O. A. Schaeffer
  • J. Zähringer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. F. G. Houtermans
    Pages 1-6
  3. T. Kirsten
    Pages 7-39
  4. O. Müller
    Pages 40-67
  5. H. Fechtig, S. Kalbitzer
    Pages 68-107
  6. G. W. Wetherill
    Pages 107-117
  7. P. M. Hurley
    Pages 134-151
  8. O. A. Schaeffer
    Pages 162-173
  9. D. Krankowsky, J. Zähringer
    Pages 174-200
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 200-234

About this book

Introduction

Perhaps no dating method has the wide range of applicability as does the potassium argon dating method from either consideration of the ranges of ages which can be dated or the availability of suitable material to date. Minerals as young as tens of thousands of years to minerals billions of years old have been successfully dated. Many minerals retain for times of the order of billions of years the daughter, Ar40, and many minerals contain as a component K40 the parent element, potassium being a common element in the earth's crust. As a result, most rock contains at least one mineral which can be successfully dated by the potassium argon method. Even though this method has been applied for over fifteen years, there is as yet no work which summarizes the experimental techniques and the results available. The sixtieth birthday ofW. GENTNER, one of the pioneers in this field of research, is a suitable time to present such a summary.

Keywords

Argon Potassium mineral research sediment stratigraphy tectonics

Authors and affiliations

  • O. A. Schaeffer
    • 1
  • J. Zähringer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Earth and Space SciencesState University of New YorkStony Brook, L. I.USA
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für KernphysikHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-87895-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1966
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-87897-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-87895-4
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