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Geologic TimeCorrelation and Dating of the Rock              Record
Time• Relative  – Order of deposition of a body of rock based on    position• Absolute  – A number representing the time a...
Relative Time• Determining of sequence of events• Which came first?
In what order did these events occur in             American History?A             B                 C    D               ...
Relative Time• Tools  – Smith     • Fossil Succession  – Steno     • Superposition     • Original horizontality  – Lyell  ...
Principle of fossil succession• Fossils occur in a consistent vertical order in  sedimentary rocks all over the world.  (W...
Principle of fossil successionGeologists interpret fossil succession to be the result of  evolution - the natural appearan...
Principle of fossil succession* Fossils unlike present-day species, but like  each other, are found in widely separated  s...
Principle of fossil succession
Unconformities• Unconformities are buried surfaces of  erosion or non-deposition
Unconformities1.Angular unconformities  Implies tectonic deformation and erosion of underlying    strata.2.Nonconformity  ...
Disconformity Big Brook
Angular Unconformity
Nonconformity               Brahma Schist underlies Tapeats Sandstonehttp://www.physci.mc.maricopa.edu/Geology/FieldTrips/...
Nonconformity               Brahma Schist underlies Tapeats Sandstonehttp://www.physci.mc.maricopa.edu/Geology/FieldTrips/...
Siccar Point
Relative Dating• Principle of Cross-cutting relationships• Principle of Intrusions• Principle of Inclusions
Principle of Cross-cutting      relationships
Faulting
Principle of InclusionsIn which picture is the Granite older?
Principle of Intrusions
Intrusions vs Unconformities• A xenolith is a fragment of country rocks  which has been broken off during an  intrusion, a...
Principle of Inclusions
Principle of Inclusions
Principle of Inclusions
Test Your Knowledgefgebdca
History ofGeologic Time• Geologic Systems  – Body of rock that    contains fossils of    diverse animal life  – Correspond...
Stratigraphy• Study of stratified rocks, especially their  geometric relations, compositions, origins, and  age relations•...
Units of Time• Time-rock unit   – Chronostratigraphic unit   – All the strata in the world deposited during a particular i...
Geologic Time Scale• Chronologic units - Time/Age  –   Eons (largest):  –   Era  –   Periods  –   Epochs  –   Ages
Geologic Time Scale• Geochronologic Units = Place  –   Eon (largest) = Eon  –   Era = Era  –   System = Period  –   Series...
Biostratigraphy• Biostratigraphic unit   – Defined and characterized by their fossil content• Stratigraphic range   – Tota...
Biostratigraphy• Index fossil   – Abundant enough in the stratigraphic record to be     found easily   – Easily distinguis...
Magnetic Stratigraphy            • Use of magnetic              properties of a rock to              characterize and     ...
Magnetic   Stratigraphy• Chron  – Polarity time-rock unit  – Period of normal or    reversed polarity     • Normal interva...
Lithostratigraphy• Subdivision of the stratigraphic record on the basis of  physical or chemical characteristics of rock• ...
Lithologic Correlation             • Cross-sections of               strata                – Establish geometric          ...
Lithologic Correlation           • Grand Canyon             – McKee             – Used Trilobite               biostratigr...
Facies     • Transgression         – Landward migration of           shoreline         – Grand Canyon              • Cambr...
Absolute Age• 4.6 billion years old• Early estimates   – Salts in the ocean       • 90 million years old   – Accumulation ...
Absolute Ages• How old is the Earth?• 4.6 billion years (4,600,000,000 years)• Radiometric dating (Uranium, Thorium).  Mas...
Early Attempts• 1654 Archbishop Usher (Ireland), genealogy  in Bible Earth was created October 22, 4004  BC,• 9:00 am was ...
Early Attempts• 1770s, 1780s "Revolution"• James Hutton, Father of Geology (Scotland)  1726-1797.• Published Theory of the...
Hutton• Hadrians Wall built by Romans,  after 1500 years no change.  Suspected that Earth was much  older.• Slow processes...
Hutton• Doctrine of Uniformitarianism: "Present is key to  the past".• The physical and chemical laws that govern nature  ...
Charles Lyell• Charles Lyell 1800s compared amount of  evolution shown by marine mollusks in the  various series of the Te...
Various Geologists• Thickness of total sedimentary record  divided by average sedimentation rates (in  mm/yr).• In 1860, c...
Lord Kelvin• In 1897, Lord Kelvin  assumed that the Earth was  originally molten and  calculated a date based on  cooling ...
Lord Kelvin• Problem: Earth has an internal heat source  (radioactive decay)• Discovery of radioactivity by Henri  Becquer...
John Joly• In 1899 - 1901, John Joly (Irish) calculated  the rate of delivery of salt to the ocean. River  water has only ...
John Joly• Problems: no way to account for recycled  salt, salt incorporated into clay minerals, salt  deposits.
von Helmholtz and NewcombThe German physicist Hermann von Helmholtz and the Americanastronomer Simon Newcomb joined in by ...
Rutherford and Boltwood• In 1905, they used radioactive decay to  measure the age of rocks and minerals.• Uranium decay pr...
Rutherford and BoltwoodIn 1907, Boltwood suspected that lead was the  stable end product of the decay of uranium.  Publish...
Age of Earth• So far, oldest dated Earth rocks are 3.96 billion  years.• Canadian Shield. (NW Territories near Great  Slav...
Geologic Time Scale. The age for the base of   each division is in    accordance withrecommendations of the      Internati...
Geologic Time Scale
The standard geologic    time scale for thePaleozoic and other eras   developed withoutbenefit of a grand plan. Instead, i...
Ordovician
SilurianMurchison
Silurian   -   Murchison
Jurassic - Jura Mountains
• Cretaceous• Kreta = Chalk• White Cliffs of Dover
Absolute Age• Radioactive decay  – Becquerel, 1895     • Uranium undergoes spontaneous decay     • Atoms release subatomic...
Principles of Radiometric Dating• Naturally-occurring radioactive materials  break down into other materials at known  rat...
What is an Isotope?• Nuclide of an element with different masses
Absolute Age      • Three modes of decay         – Loss of alpha particle             • Convert parent into               ...
Absolute Age      • Radiometric dating         – Radioactive isotopes           decay at constant           geometric rate...
Absolute Age• Useful isotopes   – Uranium 238 and thorium 232      • Zircon grains   – Uranium 238 and lead 206      • Fis...
Absolute Age      • Fission-Track Dating        – Measure decay of          uranium 238 by          counting number of    ...
Radioactive parent isotopes and their stable daughter products  Each radioactive isotope has its own  unique half-life.  A...
Radioactive parent isotopes and   their stable daughter productsRadioactive Parent   Stable Daughter   Half LifePotassium ...
Radioactive Decay
Radioactive Decay• Radioactive decay occurs by releasing  particles and energy.•   Alpha particles•   Beta particles•   Ne...
Radioactive Decay• Alpha particles (He)•     large, easily stopped by paper•     charge = +2•     mass = 4
Radioactive Decay• Beta particles• penetrate hundreds of times farther than  alpha particles, but easily stopped compared ...
Radioactive decayseries of uranium-238 (238U) to lead-    206 (206Pb).
Datable Minerals• Most minerals which contain radioactive isotopes  are in igneous rocks. The dates they give indicate  th...
Datable Rocks• Radioactive elements tend to become  concentrated in the residual melt that  forms during the crystallizati...
Datable Rocks• Radioactive isotopes dont tell much about  the age of sedimentary rocks (or fossils).  The radioactive mine...
Carbon 14
14  How does Carbon dating work?• Cosmic rays from the sun  strike Nitrogen 14 atoms in  the atmosphere and cause  them to...
14  How does Carbon dating work?• Living things are in  equilibrium with the  atmosphere, and the  radioactive CO2 is abso...
14  How does Carbon dating work?• All living things contain a constant ratio of 14C to 12C (1  in a trillion).• At death, ...
14  How does Carbon dating work?• The change in the 14C to 12C ratio is the basis for  dating.• The half-life is so short ...
Deviation of carbon-14 ages to true ages from  the present back to about 5000 B.C. Data are obtained from analysis of bris...
Absolute Age        • Best candidates for          most radiometric          dating are igneous           – Not necessaril...
Absolute Age      • Absolute ages change         – Error increases in older           rocks         – Techniques change   ...
How old is the Old Red Sandstone?a. Older than 425 myrb. Younger than 370 myrc. Between 425 and 370 myrd. Have no idea
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  1. 1. Geologic TimeCorrelation and Dating of the Rock Record
  2. 2. Time• Relative – Order of deposition of a body of rock based on position• Absolute – A number representing the time a body of rock was deposited
  3. 3. Relative Time• Determining of sequence of events• Which came first?
  4. 4. In what order did these events occur in American History?A B C D E
  5. 5. Relative Time• Tools – Smith • Fossil Succession – Steno • Superposition • Original horizontality – Lyell • Cross-cutting relationships • Intrusions • Inclusions
  6. 6. Principle of fossil succession• Fossils occur in a consistent vertical order in sedimentary rocks all over the world. (William"Strata Bill" Smith, late 1700s, England).• This principle is valid and does not depend on any pre-existing ideas of evolution. (In fact, Charles Darwins ideas on evolution did not appear until 50 years later - 1858).
  7. 7. Principle of fossil successionGeologists interpret fossil succession to be the result of evolution - the natural appearance and disappearance of species through time."Fossil species succeed one another in a definite and recognizable order"Fossils at the base of a thick sequence of sediments (so older, by previous principles) are less like present-day species than those near the top
  8. 8. Principle of fossil succession* Fossils unlike present-day species, but like each other, are found in widely separated sites* A fossil species which is observed to occur above (and so younger than, by previous principles) a second fossil species in one locality will always occur above that second species, wherever found.
  9. 9. Principle of fossil succession
  10. 10. Unconformities• Unconformities are buried surfaces of erosion or non-deposition
  11. 11. Unconformities1.Angular unconformities Implies tectonic deformation and erosion of underlying strata.2.Nonconformity Sedimentary strata overlying igneous or metamorphic rocks (in an erosional - not intrusive- contact)3.Disconformity An irregular surface of erosion between two units of parallel strata
  12. 12. Disconformity Big Brook
  13. 13. Angular Unconformity
  14. 14. Nonconformity Brahma Schist underlies Tapeats Sandstonehttp://www.physci.mc.maricopa.edu/Geology/FieldTrips/ColoradoRiver/ColoradoRiver_2006_Summer/ColoradoRiver_2006_Summer_Images_1024/DSC00512a_1024c.jpg
  15. 15. Nonconformity Brahma Schist underlies Tapeats Sandstonehttp://www.physci.mc.maricopa.edu/Geology/FieldTrips/ColoradoRiver/ColoradoRiver_2006_Summer/ColoradoRiver_2006_Summer_Images_1024/DSC00512a_1024c.jpg
  16. 16. Siccar Point
  17. 17. Relative Dating• Principle of Cross-cutting relationships• Principle of Intrusions• Principle of Inclusions
  18. 18. Principle of Cross-cutting relationships
  19. 19. Faulting
  20. 20. Principle of InclusionsIn which picture is the Granite older?
  21. 21. Principle of Intrusions
  22. 22. Intrusions vs Unconformities• A xenolith is a fragment of country rocks which has been broken off during an intrusion, and has become surrounded by magma. The xenolith is older than the igneous rock which contains it.• Through erosion and resedimentation, younger rocks will often have pieces of the older rock included (sedimentary).
  23. 23. Principle of Inclusions
  24. 24. Principle of Inclusions
  25. 25. Principle of Inclusions
  26. 26. Test Your Knowledgefgebdca
  27. 27. History ofGeologic Time• Geologic Systems – Body of rock that contains fossils of diverse animal life – Corresponds to geologic period• Sedgewick – Named Cambrian• Murchison – Named Silurian
  28. 28. Stratigraphy• Study of stratified rocks, especially their geometric relations, compositions, origins, and age relations• Stratigraphic units – Strata • Distinguished by some physical, chemical, or paleontological property • Units of time based on ages of strata – Geologic Systems• Correlation – Demonstrate correspondence between geographically separated parts of a stratigraphic unit • Lithologic • Temporal
  29. 29. Units of Time• Time-rock unit – Chronostratigraphic unit – All the strata in the world deposited during a particular interval of time • Erathem, System, Series, Stage• Time unit – Geochronologic unit – Interval during which a time-rock unit is formed • Eras, Period, Epoch, Age• Boundary stratotype – Boundary between two systems, series or stages, formally defined at a single locality
  30. 30. Geologic Time Scale• Chronologic units - Time/Age – Eons (largest): – Era – Periods – Epochs – Ages
  31. 31. Geologic Time Scale• Geochronologic Units = Place – Eon (largest) = Eon – Era = Era – System = Period – Series = Epoch – Stage = Age
  32. 32. Biostratigraphy• Biostratigraphic unit – Defined and characterized by their fossil content• Stratigraphic range – Total vertical interval through which that species occurs in strata, from lowermost to uppermost occurrence
  33. 33. Biostratigraphy• Index fossil – Abundant enough in the stratigraphic record to be found easily – Easily distinguished from other taxa – Geographically widespread and thus can be used to correlate rocks over a large area – Occurs in many kinds of sedimentary rocks and therefore can be found in many places – Has a narrow stratigraphic range, which allows for precise correlation if its mere presence is used to define a zone
  34. 34. Magnetic Stratigraphy • Use of magnetic properties of a rock to characterize and correlate rock units • Magnetic field – Reversals in polarity of field are recorded in rocks when they crystallize or settle from water
  35. 35. Magnetic Stratigraphy• Chron – Polarity time-rock unit – Period of normal or reversed polarity • Normal interval – Same as today – Black • Reversed interval – Opposite to today – White
  36. 36. Lithostratigraphy• Subdivision of the stratigraphic record on the basis of physical or chemical characteristics of rock• Lithostratigraphic units – Formation • Local three-dimensional bodies of rock – Group – Member• Stratigraphic section – Local outcrop of a formation that displays a continuous vertical sequence• Type section – Locality where the unit is well exposed, that defines the unit
  37. 37. Lithologic Correlation • Cross-sections of strata – Establish geometric relationships – Interpret mode of origin
  38. 38. Lithologic Correlation • Grand Canyon – McKee – Used Trilobite biostratigraphy to determine age relationships – Eastern portion of units is younger than western
  39. 39. Facies • Transgression – Landward migration of shoreline – Grand Canyon • Cambrian transgression • Facies – Set of characteristics of a body of rock that presents a particular environment • Facies changes – Later changes in the characteristics of ancient strata
  40. 40. Absolute Age• 4.6 billion years old• Early estimates – Salts in the ocean • 90 million years old – Accumulation of sediment • 100 m.y. or less • Gaps in stratigraphic record • Unconformities represent large breaks in accumulation • Didn’t include metamorphosed sedimentary rocks – Earth’s temperature • Kelvin • 20-40 million years old
  41. 41. Absolute Ages• How old is the Earth?• 4.6 billion years (4,600,000,000 years)• Radiometric dating (Uranium, Thorium). Mass spectrometer.
  42. 42. Early Attempts• 1654 Archbishop Usher (Ireland), genealogy in Bible Earth was created October 22, 4004 BC,• 9:00 am was added later• Earth was 6000 years old.• Led to the Doctrine of Catastrophism:• Earth was shaped by series of giant disasters.• Many processes fit into a short time scale.
  43. 43. Early Attempts• 1770s, 1780s "Revolution"• James Hutton, Father of Geology (Scotland) 1726-1797.• Published Theory of the Earth in 1785.
  44. 44. Hutton• Hadrians Wall built by Romans, after 1500 years no change. Suspected that Earth was much older.• Slow processes shape earth.• Mountains arise continuously as a balance against erosion and weathering
  45. 45. Hutton• Doctrine of Uniformitarianism: "Present is key to the past".• The physical and chemical laws that govern nature are uniform•• Unconformity at Siccar Point, Scotland• "No vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end"
  46. 46. Charles Lyell• Charles Lyell 1800s compared amount of evolution shown by marine mollusks in the various series of the Tertiary System with the amount that had occurred since the beginning of the Pleistocene.• Estimated 80 million years for the Cenozoic alone.
  47. 47. Various Geologists• Thickness of total sedimentary record divided by average sedimentation rates (in mm/yr).• In 1860, calculated to be about 3 million years old.• In 1910, calculated to be about 1.6 billion years old.
  48. 48. Lord Kelvin• In 1897, Lord Kelvin assumed that the Earth was originally molten and calculated a date based on cooling through conduction and radiation.• Age of Earth was calculated to be about 24-40 million years.
  49. 49. Lord Kelvin• Problem: Earth has an internal heat source (radioactive decay)• Discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel in 1896.
  50. 50. John Joly• In 1899 - 1901, John Joly (Irish) calculated the rate of delivery of salt to the ocean. River water has only a small concentration of salts. Rivers flow to the sea.• Evaporative concentration of salts.• Age of Ocean = Total salt in oceans (in grams) divided by rate of salt added (grams per year)• Age of Earth = 90-100 million years.
  51. 51. John Joly• Problems: no way to account for recycled salt, salt incorporated into clay minerals, salt deposits.
  52. 52. von Helmholtz and NewcombThe German physicist Hermann von Helmholtz and the Americanastronomer Simon Newcomb joined in by independentlycalculating the amount of time it would take for the Sun tocondense down to its current diameter and brightness from thenebula of gas and dust from which it was born. 100 million years, consistent with Thomsons calculations.However, they assumed that the Sun was only glowing from theheat of its gravitational contraction. They knew of no other waysfor it to produce its energy.
  53. 53. Rutherford and Boltwood• In 1905, they used radioactive decay to measure the age of rocks and minerals.• Uranium decay produces He, leading to a date of 500 million years.
  54. 54. Rutherford and BoltwoodIn 1907, Boltwood suspected that lead was the stable end product of the decay of uranium. Published the age of a sample of urananite based on Uranium-Lead dating.Date was 1.64 billion years.
  55. 55. Age of Earth• So far, oldest dated Earth rocks are 3.96 billion years.• Canadian Shield. (NW Territories near Great Slave Lake, 3.96 byr).• Detrital Zircons in sedimentary rocks are 4.1 - 4.4 byr• Older rocks include meteorites and moon rocks with dates on the order of 4.6 billion years.
  56. 56. Geologic Time Scale. The age for the base of each division is in accordance withrecommendations of the International Commission on Stratigraphy for the year 2000.
  57. 57. Geologic Time Scale
  58. 58. The standard geologic time scale for thePaleozoic and other eras developed withoutbenefit of a grand plan. Instead, it developed by the compilation of “type sections” for each of the systems.
  59. 59. Ordovician
  60. 60. SilurianMurchison
  61. 61. Silurian - Murchison
  62. 62. Jurassic - Jura Mountains
  63. 63. • Cretaceous• Kreta = Chalk• White Cliffs of Dover
  64. 64. Absolute Age• Radioactive decay – Becquerel, 1895 • Uranium undergoes spontaneous decay • Atoms release subatomic particles and energy • Change to another element – Parent isotope decays/daughter isotope produced
  65. 65. Principles of Radiometric Dating• Naturally-occurring radioactive materials break down into other materials at known rates. This is known as radioactive decay.• Radioactive parent elements decay to stable daughter elements.
  66. 66. What is an Isotope?• Nuclide of an element with different masses
  67. 67. Absolute Age • Three modes of decay – Loss of alpha particle • Convert parent into element that has nucleus containing two fewer protons – Loss of beta particle • Convert parent into element whose nucleus contains one more proton by losing an electron – Capture of beta particle • Convert parent into element whose nucleus has one less proton
  68. 68. Absolute Age • Radiometric dating – Radioactive isotopes decay at constant geometric rate • After a certain amount of time, half of the parent present will survive and half will decay to daughter • Half-life – Interval of time for half of parent to decay
  69. 69. Absolute Age• Useful isotopes – Uranium 238 and thorium 232 • Zircon grains – Uranium 238 and lead 206 • Fission track dating – Rubidium-Strontium – Potassium-Argon, Argon-Argon – Radiocarbon dating • Produced in upper atmosphere • Half life = 5730 years • Maximum age for dating: 70,000 years • Bone, teeth, wood
  70. 70. Absolute Age • Fission-Track Dating – Measure decay of uranium 238 by counting number of tracks – Tracks formed by subatomic particles that fly apart upon decay
  71. 71. Radioactive parent isotopes and their stable daughter products Each radioactive isotope has its own unique half-life. A half-life is the time it takes for half of the parent radioactive element to decay to a daughter product.
  72. 72. Radioactive parent isotopes and their stable daughter productsRadioactive Parent Stable Daughter Half LifePotassium 40 Argon 40 1.25 billion yrsRubidium 87 Strontium 87 48.8 billion yrsThorium 232 Lead 208 14 billion yearsUranium 235 Lead 207 704 million yearsUranium 238 Lead 206 4.47 billion yearsCarbon 14 Nitrogen 14 5730 years
  73. 73. Radioactive Decay
  74. 74. Radioactive Decay• Radioactive decay occurs by releasing particles and energy.• Alpha particles• Beta particles• Neutrons• Gamma rays (high energy X-rays) are also produced.
  75. 75. Radioactive Decay• Alpha particles (He)• large, easily stopped by paper• charge = +2• mass = 4
  76. 76. Radioactive Decay• Beta particles• penetrate hundreds of times farther than alpha particles, but easily stopped compared with neutrons and gamma rays.• charge = -1• mass = negligible
  77. 77. Radioactive decayseries of uranium-238 (238U) to lead- 206 (206Pb).
  78. 78. Datable Minerals• Most minerals which contain radioactive isotopes are in igneous rocks. The dates they give indicate the time the magma cooled.• Potassium 40 is found in:• potassium feldspar (orthoclase)• muscovite• amphibole• glauconite (greensand; found in some sedimentary rocks; rare)•
  79. 79. Datable Rocks• Radioactive elements tend to become concentrated in the residual melt that forms during the crystallization of igneous rocks. More common in SIALIC rocks (granite, granite pegmatite) and continental crust.
  80. 80. Datable Rocks• Radioactive isotopes dont tell much about the age of sedimentary rocks (or fossils). The radioactive minerals in sedimentary rocks are derived from the weathering of igneous rocks. If the sedimentary rock were dated, the age date would be the time of cooling of the magma that formed the igneous rock. The date would not tell anything about when the sedimentary rock formed.
  81. 81. Carbon 14
  82. 82. 14 How does Carbon dating work?• Cosmic rays from the sun strike Nitrogen 14 atoms in the atmosphere and cause them to turn into radioactive 14C, which combines with oxygen to form radioactive CO2.
  83. 83. 14 How does Carbon dating work?• Living things are in equilibrium with the atmosphere, and the radioactive CO2 is absorbed and used by plants. The radioactive CO2 gets into the food chain and the carbon cycle.
  84. 84. 14 How does Carbon dating work?• All living things contain a constant ratio of 14C to 12C (1 in a trillion).• At death, 14C exchange ceases and any 14C in the tissues of the organism begins to decay to Nitrogen 14, and is not replenished by new 14C.
  85. 85. 14 How does Carbon dating work?• The change in the 14C to 12C ratio is the basis for dating.• The half-life is so short (5730 years) that this method can only be used on materials less than 50,000 years old.• Assumes that the rate of 14C production (and hence the amount of cosmic rays striking the Earth) has been constant.
  86. 86. Deviation of carbon-14 ages to true ages from the present back to about 5000 B.C. Data are obtained from analysis of bristle cone pines fromthe western United States. Calculations of carbon- 14 are based on half-life of 5730 years.(Adapted from Ralph, E. K., Michael, H. N., and Han, M. C. 1973. Radiocarbon dates and reality. MASCA Newsletter 9:1.)
  87. 87. Absolute Age • Best candidates for most radiometric dating are igneous – Not necessarily useful for sediments • Error in age estimate can be sizable
  88. 88. Absolute Age • Absolute ages change – Error increases in older rocks – Techniques change • Biostratigraphic correlations are usually more accurate – Radiometric dates used when fossils not present
  89. 89. How old is the Old Red Sandstone?a. Older than 425 myrb. Younger than 370 myrc. Between 425 and 370 myrd. Have no idea
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