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Geochronology and Thermochronology Using Apatite: Time and Temperature, Lower Crust to Surface

Published inElements, vol. 11, no. 3, p. 189-194
Publication date2015
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Apatite can provide geologists with an exceptionally wide range of ages and temperatures to investigate processes that operate from Earth's surface right down to the lower crust. Apatite is a widespread accessory mineral in igneous, metamorphic, and clastic sedimentary rocks and can be dated using four radioactive decay schemes, each with a different temperature window for isotopic closure: Lu–Hf (675–750 °C); U–Pb (350–550 °C); apatite fission track (60–110 °C); (U–Th)/He (40–80 °C). The fission-track and (U–Th)/He methods are popular for studying upper-crustal and near-surface processes, whereas the U–Pb and Lu–Hf systems are used to investigate the thermal, tectonic, and magmatic histories of the deeper crust.

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CHEW, D. M., SPIKINGS, Richard Alan. Geochronology and Thermochronology Using Apatite: Time and Temperature, Lower Crust to Surface. In: Elements, 2015, vol. 11, n° 3, p. 189–194. doi: 10.2113/gselements.11.3.189
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