Revisited Isotopic Dating Methods of Sedimentary Minerals for Stratigraphic Purpose



Cormier (1956) and Wasserburg et al. (1956) initiated many isotopic investigations of sedimentary minerals and whole rocks for stratigraphic purposes. Since this pioneering period, different approaches have been evaluated to identify the isotopic signatures of mineral components which may set reasonably narrow limits to the time of deposition of sediments. Many contradictory opinions have been expressed about the merits of these approaches and the significance of the various isotopic signatures in relation to the stratigraphic ages of the studied minerals. It is obvious from analysis of the available literature, that questionable dates were often generated without the necessary efforts to delineate clearly the origin of the analysed materials and to evaluate the potential impact of mineral impurities on the final dates.


Isotopic Composition Clay Mineral Secular Variation Sedimentary Mineral Radiogenic Isotope 
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