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Magnetostratigraphy, Chemostratigraphy and Radiometric Dating

Competency Statement:

Understand principles and techniques of magnetostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy and radiometric dating. Describe the practical application of these techniques in non-fossiliferous rock units. Explain how they provide pertinent information in petroleum exploration.

Learning Objective:

  • Describe the basic principles and techniques used in magnetostratigraphy.
  • Describe the basic principles and techniques used in chemostratigraphy.
  • Describe the basic principles and techniques used in radiometric measurements.
  • Demostrate an understanding of the geologic reasons to apply these techniques.
  • Incorporate these dating techniques with outcrop and surface geological maps.
  • Understand dating techniques for subsurface samples like conventional cores.
  • Understand advantages and disadvantages of each dating technique.

Assignment Instruction:

In this assignment you will use different dating techniques (Magnetostratigraphy, Radiometry, and Chemostratigraphy) to provide a geochronologic framework for exploration of several frontier areas.