Special Issue "Advances in Mineral Geochronology"


A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Antonio Simonetti
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Website: http://www3.nd.edu/~asimonet/
E-Mail: simonetti.3@nd.edu
Phone: +1 574 631 6710
Fax: +1 574 631 9236
Interests: isotope geochemistry; geochronology; laser ablation-ICP-MS; nuclear forensics; geochemistry; igneous petrology; carbonatites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, advances in sample processing methods and mass spectrometry instrumentation have resulted in both the enhanced awareness and number of geochronological investigations. This includes application of in-situ U-Th-Pb dating of a multitude of accessory minerals (e.g., zircon, monazite, titanite, apatite, perovskite) at high spatial resolution (10s of micron scale) using SIMS or LA-(MC)-ICP-MS technologies. Combining the latter with measurement of in-situ isotope compositions (e.g., Nd, Sr, Pb, Hf) from single crystals, results in a powerful tool for deciphering provenance indicators, and interpreting the petrogenetic history of igneous/metamorphic systems, or magma chamber processes. A consequence of the increased application of a variety of geochronological methods, however, has led to non-uniformity in data reduction and processing protocols. Thus, the aim of this special volume is to gather studies focused on recent scientific and technical advances in mineral geochronology, using either spatially resolved acquisition methods, or at the mineral scale (e.g., ID-TIMS). Geochronological investigations presenting novel data reduction and processing schemes are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Simonetti
Guest Editor


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  • geochronology
  • high spatial resolution analysis
  • accessory minerals
  • U-Th-Pb dating
  • mass spectrometry
  • LA-(MC)-ICP-MS
  • SIMS

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p. 541-552
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Minerals 2014, 4(2), 541-552; doi:10.3390/min4020541
Received: 8 March 2014 / Revised: 31 May 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014
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p. 503-518
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Minerals 2014, 4(2), 503-518; doi:10.3390/min4020503
Received: 30 April 2014 / Revised: 19 May 2014 / Accepted: 23 May 2014 / Published: 3 June 2014
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Minerals 2014, 4(2), 437-476; doi:10.3390/min4020437
Received: 28 February 2014 / Revised: 7 May 2014 / Accepted: 13 May 2014 / Published: 26 May 2014
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