Thermochronology in Orogenic Systems

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Early in the history of application of the principles of radioactive decay to the dating of geologic materials, researchers found that some mineral-isotopic systems yielded anomalously young apparent ages. At first, it was assumed that these geochronometers were unreliable, but we now know that they provide unique constraints on the temperature-time histories of rocks that, in turn, constrain geodynamic models of Earth evolution. Modern thermochronology can be thought of as a melding of isotope geochronology and geochemical kinetics. Consequently, both topics play important roles in this chapter. Thermochronology has been especially influential in shaping our understanding of orogenic systems, as many of the applications described here demonstrate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Crust
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9780080983004
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Diffusion
  • Geochemical kinetics
  • Geochronology
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Landscape evolution
  • Tectonics
  • Thermochronology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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