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Jul 14 / Dave Schumaker

Geochronology with Supernova Particles

The NSF have awarded a $5.8 million dollar grant to researchers to study how particles ejected from supernova can be used in geologic dating, as well as providing a benchmark to other dating methods. “The CRONUS initiative will benefit all disciplines in the Earth sciences,” said Herman Zimmerman, director of NSF’s division of earth sciences. Whether geomorphology, tectonics, volcanology, hydrology, geologic hazards, or paleoclimatology, he said, “Each needs an improved understanding of geochronology at the Earth’s surface.” […] “The ability to date changes in landscapes with cosmogenic nuclides has already revolutionized our understanding of Earth processes,” said Dunai. “CRONUS will allow us to unlock the great potential this novel technique has, helping us to better understand the environment around us.” This is interesting since my senior thesis will potentially use cosmogenic dating (which I just heard of for the first time earlier this summer).

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