Category Archives: dealing with data

The Partial Retention Zone

One of the most important concepts in thermochronology is the Partial Retention Zone (PRZ for short, referred to as the Partial Annealing Zone in the fission-track world). The term PRZ is used to refer to a variety of things, all … Continue reading

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The York Fit, MSWDs, and Geochronology

I am by no means a statistician. There are a variety of tests and techniques I use, most of which I mostly understand. This post is about one of those techniques that I became familiar with while working in 40Ar/39Ar … Continue reading

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FT2008 – Alaska chapter 2

As I mentioned in my last post, the scientific program at FT2008 (The International Conference on Thermochronometry in Anchorage) was overall pretty impressive. I thought I’d highlight a few of the presentations that I found most interesting. As a side … Continue reading

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Zotero and Citation Managing

Like many paper-writing academic types, I typically employ a haphazard and ill-planned technique for reference-handling when writing papers. I have EndNote and BibTeX, and I have used them both at times, but I really have never been entirely satisfied. I … Continue reading

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Eocene Farallon Lithospheric Chalupa

Also see my second post relating to the Farallon Plate here. This past Friday I was talking with some of the people in my research group and we ended up discussing our favorite published figures. This is easy for me, … Continue reading

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Wunderground and free public data

The following post may seem like I am meandering but there is a point, I promise, stay with me. We in the American northeast have been enjoying a pretty late winter this year, meaning, it’s a hell of a lot … Continue reading

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Can’t we all just propagate our errors?

This weekend I continued to work on a lab software upgrade for one of the labs I work in. This is all part of an effort on my part to streamline sample analysis, automate as much as possible, and make … Continue reading

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How Old is this Rock?

I had originally meant to take on the Just Science week Challenge, where I’d write a new entry every day about science and science only, no Bears, no music of the week, no asinine and unproductive bill brought up by … Continue reading

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More Urlacher Information

I realized that it might help my readers if I provided some useful values in the new format, the Ur. Gas Constant = R = 8.314 X 10-3 Ur mol-1 deg-1 Activation Energies commonly used by Noble Gas ThermochronologistsHe in … Continue reading

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Fitting line through Data #2

So here is the published version of the graph I posted previously, this time you can see the y-axis value and the line drawn through the data points. As I mentioned in my fist post on this topic, my biggest … Continue reading

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