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A Geologic Time Scale 2004


  • 164 b/w illus. 24 colour illus. 63 tables
  • Page extent: 610 pages
  • Size: 276 x 219 mm
  • Weight: 2.1 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 551.7/01
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: QE508 .G3956 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Geological time

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521781428 | ISBN-10: 0521781426)

Replaced by 9780521786737

 (Stock level updated: 01:59 GMT, 29 August 2015)


An international team of over forty stratigraphic experts have helped to build the most up-to-date international stratigraphic framework for the Precambrian and Phanerozoic. This successor to A Geologic Time Scale 1989 by W. Brian Harland et al. (CUP 0521 387655) begins with an introduction to the theory and methodology behind the construction of the new time scale. The main part of the book is devoted to the scale itself, systematically presenting the standard subdivisions at all levels using a variety of correlation markers. Extensive use is made of isotope geochronology, geomathematics and orbital tuning to produce a standard geologic scale of unprecedented detail and accuracy with a full error analysis. A wallchart summarising the whole time scale, with paleogeographic reconstructions throughout the Phanerozoic, is included in the back of the book. The time scale will be an invaluable reference source for academic and professional researchers and students.

• The most detailed international geologic time scale available • Includes a full-colour wallchart • Compiled by international team of experts • Ratified by the International Commission on Stratigraphy • Uses the foremost methodologies


Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction F. M. Gradstein; 2. Chronostratigraphy - linking time and rock F. M. Gradstein, J. G. Ogg and A. G. Smith; Part II. Concepts and Methods: 3. Biostratigraphy F. M. Gradstein, R. A. Cooper and P. M. Sadler; 4. Earth's orbital parameters and cycle stratigraphy L. A. Hinnov; 5. The geomagnetic polarity time scale J. G. Ogg and A. G. Smith; 6. Radiogenic isotope geochronology M. Villeneuve; 7. Stable isotopes J. M. McArthur and R. J. Howarth; 8. Geomathematics F. P. Agterberg; Part III. Geologic Periods: 9. The Precambrian: the Archaen and Proterozoic eons L. J. Robb, A. H. Knoll, K. A. Plumb, G. A. Shields, H. Strauss and J. Veizer; 10. Toward a 'natural' Precambrian time scale W. Bleeker; 11. The Cambrian period J. H. Shergold and R. A. Cooper; 12. The Ordovician period R. A. Cooper and P. M. Sadler; 13. The Silurian period M. J. Melchin, R. A. Cooper and P. M. Sadler; 14. The Devonian period M. R. House and F. M. Gradstein; 15. The Carboniferous period V. Davydov, B. R. Wardlaw and F. M. Gradstein; 16. The Permian period B. R. Wardlaw, V. Davydov and F. M. Gradstein; 17. The Triassic period J. G. Ogg; 18. The Jurassic period J. G. Ogg; 19. The Cretaceous Period J. G. Ogg, F. P. Agterberg and F. M. Gradstein; 20. The Paleogene period H. P. Luterbacher, J. R. Ali, H. Brinkhuis, F. M. Gradstein, J. J. Hooker, S. Monechi, J. G. Ogg, J. Powell, U. Röhl, A. Sanfilippo, and B. Schmitz; 21. The Neogene period L. Lourens, F. Hilgen, N. J. Shackleton, J. Laskar and D. Wilson; 22. The Pleistocene and Holocene epochs P. Gibbard and T. van Kolfschoten; Part IV. Summary: 23. Construction and summary of the geologic time scale F. M.. Gradstein, J. G. Ogg and A. G. Smith; Appendices; Bibliography; Stratigraphic index; General index.


'The publication of A Geologic Time Scale 2004, written by an international team of 40 scientists, is a milestone in our understanding of that past, and sets the standard in stratigraphy. The situation was last reviewed in 1989, and it will be another decade at least before it is revisited. Best get your copy now.' New Scientist

'One cannot help being struck by the amount of information in this volume … a triumph of scholarship, that will serve the profession and the public well.' Episodes

'This is a volume that should be in all good geological libraries.' Geological Magazine

'The book is an inspiring leader in practical stratigraphy, its philosophical roots, and its prime product.: The Geologic Time Scale. It is a very important publication for graduate scholars, scientists, and sedimentologists, hydrogeologists, and petroleum geologists.' Environmental Geology


F. M. Gradstein, R. A. Cooper, P. M. Sadler, L. A. Hinnov, A. G. Smith, J. G. Ogg, M. Villeneuve, J. M. McArthur, R. J. Howarth, F. P. Agterberg, L. J. Robb, A. H. Knoll, K. A. Plumb, G. A. Shields, H. Strauss, J. Veizer, W. Bleeker, J. H. Shergold, M. J. Melchin, M. R. House, V. Davydov, B. R. Wardlaw, H. P. Luterbacher, J. R. Ali, H. Brinkhuis, J. J. Hooker, S. Monechi, J. Powell, U. Röhl, A. Sanfilippo, B. Schmitz, L. Lourens, F. Hilgen, N. J. Shackleton, J. Laskar, D. Wilson, P. Gibbard, T. van Kolfschoten

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