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UMass Geologists To Develop New Electron Microprobe To Determine The Ages Of Rocks; New Geologic Dating Techniques Provide A Greater Resolution Of Earth’s History

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August 8, 2001
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A team of University of Massachusetts geologists is exploring a new way to determine the ages of ancient rocks, and refining our understanding of the timing and rates of the geologic events that have shaped the planet. The new method offers greater efficiency, and access to a much more detailed geologic record than current dating methods, the scientists say.

AMHERST, Mass. – A team of University of Massachusetts geologists is exploring a new way to determine the ages of ancient rocks, and refining our understanding of the timing and rates of the geologic events that have shaped the planet. The new method offers greater efficiency, and access to a much more detailed geologic record than current dating methods, the scientists say. The successes of the early phases of the research have led to funding for development of a new electron microprobe that will significantly enhance the potential of the technique. The new microprobe, to be housed in the University’s department of geosciences, will have applications throughout Earth and planetary science, as well as in fields as diverse as microelectronics, forensic science, fiber optics, and even microbiology, according to the researchers.


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University Of Massachusetts At Amherst. "UMass Geologists To Develop New Electron Microprobe To Determine The Ages Of Rocks; New Geologic Dating Techniques Provide A Greater Resolution Of Earth’s History." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 August 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010808134545.htm>.
University Of Massachusetts At Amherst. (2001, August 8). UMass Geologists To Develop New Electron Microprobe To Determine The Ages Of Rocks; New Geologic Dating Techniques Provide A Greater Resolution Of Earth’s History. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010808134545.htm
University Of Massachusetts At Amherst. "UMass Geologists To Develop New Electron Microprobe To Determine The Ages Of Rocks; New Geologic Dating Techniques Provide A Greater Resolution Of Earth’s History." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010808134545.htm (accessed April 18, 2014).

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