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Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods

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  • © 2020


  • The volume is completely comprehensive, covering all dating methods in the earth sciences
  • The volume covers both young and old ages, while competing texts focus mainly on one or the other end of the time range
  • The applications of the dating methods will be more detailed, and more comprehensive, than other works
  • Highly interdisciplinary - stretching from earth science to archaeology to life science

Part of the book series: Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series (EESS)

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About this book

The main purpose of the volume is to provide a synthesis of (1) the physical and chemical bases of dating methods, and (2) the applications of dating methods to the geological sciences, biology, and archaeology. This volume will serve as the most comprehensive treatise of widely-accepted dating methods in the earth sciences and related fields. No other volume has a similar scope, in terms of methods and applications and particularly time range.

Dating methods are used to determine the timing and rate of various processes, such as sedimentation (terrestrial and marine), tectonics, volcanism, geomorphological change, cooling rates, crystallization, fluid flow, glaciation, climate change and evolution.

The volume includes applications in terrestrial and extraterrestrial settings, the burgeoning field of molecular clock dating and topics in the intersection of earth sciences with forensics.

The contents aim for breadth in techniques and applications. Included are all major accepted dating techniques and as well as all major datable materials. 

Table of contents (189 entries)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

    W. Jack Rink

  • Department of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

    Jeroen Thompson

About the editors

W. Jack Rink is Professor at the School of Geography & Earth Sciences of McMaster University.

Jeroen Thompson is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences at McMaster University. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics and a B.Sc. in Anthropology (Michigan State University), as well as a M.Sc. in Physics (University of Connecticut) and a Ph.D. in Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences (McMaster University). His research is highly interdisciplinary, including diverse applications of radiation dosimetry and detection that span laboratory and field work. In particular, he has applied electron paramagnetic resonance and optically-stimulated luminescence dosimetry both forensic dosimetry and geochronology. Dr. Thompson is currently a research management consultant, with specific focus on radiation and environmental sciences.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods

  • Editors: W. Jack Rink, Jeroen Thompson

  • Series Title: Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Earth and Environm. Science, Reference Module Physical and Materials Science, Reference Module Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-007-6326-5Due: 21 February 2018

  • Series ISSN: 1388-4360

  • Series E-ISSN: 1871-756X

  • Number of Pages: XXX, 978

  • Number of Illustrations: 980 b/w illustrations, 100 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Geochemistry, Paleontology, Life Sciences, general, Forensic Science, Environment, general, Atmospheric Sciences

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