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Radiogenic Isotope Geology

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  • Date Published: February 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107492127

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  • The third edition of Radiogenic Isotope Geology examines revolutionary changes in geochemical thinking that have occurred over the past fifteen years. Extinct-nuclide studies on meteorites have called into question fundamental geochemical models of the Earth, while new dating methods have challenged conventional views of Earth history. At the same time, the problem of global warming has raised new questions about the causes of past and present climate change. In the new edition, these and other recent issues are evaluated in their scholarly and historical context, so readers can understand the development of current ideas. Controversial theories, new analytical techniques, classic papers, and illustrative case studies all come under scrutiny in this book, providing an accessible introduction for students and critical commentary for researchers.

    • This new edition provides background and critique of revolutionary new ideas in the field since the second edition was published
    • Provides an accessible introduction to radiogenic isotopes for students, instructors and researchers alike
    • Offers a large quantity of helpful diagrams, adapted from original research, to help students visualize complex concepts
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    'The Dickin text provides an excellent introduction to radiogenic isotope geochemistry. I read a previous edition cover-to-cover during preparation for the general knowledge exams in graduate school, and I still suggest that graduate students do the same in preparation for their exams. It continues to be a key reference for teaching and in the classroom and in the laboratory.' Matthew Jackson, University of California, Santa Barbara

    'Isotope geochemistry is hugely influential in the development of new approaches and ideas in the Earth sciences. New data challenge models for the formation of the Earth, the evolution of the continental crust, and climate change. An understanding of the basic principles of isotope geology is important in a wide range of the sciences, and this welcome third edition of Radiogenic Isotope Geology builds on the success of the previous editions. It is scholarly and accessible, and it combines an all too rare historical context with a comprehensive introduction to a wide range of radiogenic isotope techniques. Written by one of the world's most respected authors in this field, this textbook will be invaluable for undergraduate and graduate courses, and it is an excellent reference text for scientists in other fields.' Chris Hawkesworth, University of Bristol

    'For teachers and students in both low- and high-temperature geochemistry who need ready access to geochemical concepts and techniques, Alan P. Dickin offers an up-to-date, well-written medium-level textbook on isotope geochemistry. A pleasant, handy, and useful book for your shelf.' Francis Albarède, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107492127
    • length: 498 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 203 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1.18kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Nucleosynthesis and nuclear decay
    2. Mass spectrometry
    3. The Rb-Sr method
    4. The Sm-Nd method
    5. Lead isotopes
    6. Isotope geochemistry of oceanic volcanics
    7. Isotope geochemistry of continental rocks
    8. Osmium isotopes
    9. Lu-Hf, Ba-La-Ce, and K-Ca systems
    10. K-Ar, Ar-Ar and U-He dating
    11. Noble gas geochemistry
    12. U-series dating
    13. U-series geochemistry of igneous systems
    14. Cosmogenic nuclides
    15. Extinct radionuclides
    16. Fission track dating
    Appendix 1: chart of the nuclides
    Appendix 2: meteorite types.

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    Alan P. Dickin is Professor of Geology at McMaster University, Ontario.

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