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By Günther A. Wagner

The Quaternary, which spans nearly the final 2 million years, is characterised by means of dramatic environmental adjustments, generally called the "ice age". in this interval, guy together with his manifold cultures developed. makes an attempt at relationship those occasions as effectively as attainable have made nice growth. The large spectrum of actual and chemical courting equipment, now to be had for courting human artifacts and Quaternary rocks, is turning into more and more tricky to understand. during this booklet a number of the chronometric strategies are comprehensively and intelligibly handled. via a variety of case stories, taken from archaeology and Quaternary geology, the aptitude and quandary of those strategies are tested. The e-book is meant often for scientists and scholars of those fields, however the layman can also locate its worthwhile.

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The hot solutions gain their abundance of metals (Cu, Pb, Zn, Fe, Au, Ag) through the leaching of the oceanic crust. At the exhalation sites polymetallic sulfides are deposited building meter-high chimneys on the ocean floor. The ores are of economic interest. During formation of the sulfide ores 210Pb is separated from its radioactive precursor 226Ra in the uranium series. The time-dependent decrease of the 210 Ph excess (Sect. 6) in the sulfide ore can be exploited for dating (several a-lOO a) the ore formation.

3), 21Ne (Sect. 5) and 36CI methods (Sect. 8) on condition that no erosion has taken place since solidification. Since the cosmogenic production rates become reduced by erosion or by soil cover on the surface, these ages are mostly minimum ages. Basalts and other volcanic rocks contain relatively high admixtures of ferromagnetic minerals which are thermoremanently magnetized during cooling of the hot rock. Thus they can be exploited for paleomagnetic dating (Chap. 9). The episodic nature of the volcanism excludes a continuous recording of the magnetic field parameters.

It is found in all major volcanic belts on the Earth. Representing a valuable raw material for prehistoric stone tools, it has been mined at many sites (Sect. 3). For the dating of obsidian flows (> 1 ka) fission tracks (Sect. 1) are suitable. High contents of microlites or vesicles are disturbing. Thermal healing of fission tracks results in too young ages. Obsidian « 1 Ma) with fresh surfaces can be dated by means of hydration (Sect. 2). This application is affected by strong temperature variations of the surfaces, especially in the case of insolation.

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