Category Archives: thermochronology

He Thermochronology Reading List

I was always jealous of geoscientists who started their education in the 70’s; for them, there was only a 10 year backlog of plate tectonics relevant geoscience literature to catch up with. Even under sane circumstances it gets harder and harder … Continue reading

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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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Geochronology Short Course at GSA 2014

As a graduate student in 2005 I was lucky enough to attend a Thermochronology Short Course sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of America. It was a 2 day event at Snowbird, a ski resort outside of Salt Lake City, just … Continue reading

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Thermochronology

This morning I was looking for a post I thought I’d written years ago to help explain the fundamentals of thermochronology. Although I have posts on 40Ar/39Ar and (U-Th)/He thermochronology, turns out I’ve never written a more basic post on the … Continue reading

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Thermochronology blowin’ up all over the internet

In case you missed it, Ars Technica recently featured a science story filled with apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronology. The article is about recent work that uses thermochronology to look at the long term (Phanerozoic) history of Canada. It incorporates thermochronology, kimberlites, … Continue reading

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Picking Apatites for (U-Th)/He Thermochronology

Since its reintroduction in the mid 1990’s, apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronology has become a widely used and reliable method for understanding upper crustal thermal histories. The technique has been used on a wide range of lithologies to help understand an enormous … Continue reading

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Thermo 2014 – Chamonix

I went to my first International Conference on Thermochronology in 2008, when the meeting was held in Anchorage. This was during the waning days of my first blogging attempt, but I managed to publish four write-ups, and lots of pictures. … 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 4 and a big thanks

Before I write any more about FT2008, the International Conference on Thermochronometry, I need to take care of one blog related item. Last week I was named a “blog of note” on blogger.com, and have since seen a drastic increase … 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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