The Geologic Time Scale 2012 2-Volume Set

The Geologic Time Scale 2012 2-Volume Set, 1st Edition

The Geologic Time Scale 2012 2-Volume Set, 1st Edition,F M Gradstein,J G Ogg,Mark Schmitz,Gabi Ogg,ISBN9780444594259

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Serves as the standard international framework for deciphering the history of our planet, providing a complete stratigraphy of all periods and stages with regional applications.

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Key Features

    • The most detailed international geologic time scale available that contextualizes information in one single reference for quick desktop access.
    • Gives insights in the construction, strengths, and limitations of the geological time scale that greatly enhances its function and its utility.
    • Aids understanding by combining with the mathematical and statistical methods to scaled composites of global succession of events.
    • Meets the needs of a range of users at various points in the workflow (researchers extracting linear time from rock records, students recognizing the geologic stage by their content).


    The Geologic Time Scale 2012, winner of a 2012 PROSE Award Honorable Mention for Best Multi-volume Reference in Science from the Association of American Publishers, is the framework for deciphering the history of our planet Earth. The authors have been at the forefront of chronostratigraphic research and initiatives to create an international geologic time scale for many years, and the charts in this book present the most up-to-date, international standard, as ratified by the International Commission on Stratigraphy and the International Union of Geological Sciences. This 2012 geologic time scale is an enhanced, improved and expanded version of the GTS2004, including chapters on planetary scales, the Cryogenian-Ediacaran periods/systems, a prehistory scale of human development, a survey of sequence stratigraphy, and an extensive compilation of stable-isotope chemostratigraphy.

    This book is an essential reference for all geoscientists, including researchers, students, and petroleum and mining professionals. The presentation is non-technical and illustrated with numerous colour charts, maps and photographs. The book also includes a detachable wall chart of the complete time scale for use as a handy reference in the office, laboratory or field.


    Primary audience: professionals in industry (oil/gas/petrochemical industry), academic libraries, faculty chairs, graduate students/researchers. All geoscientists, more specifically biochronologists, evolutionary biologists, geo-engineers, space geo engineers, astronomers.

    Secondary audience: geoscience students, university teachers; all stratigraphic and paleontologic, quaternary geoscientists; individuals.

    F M Gradstein

    Felix M. Gradstein has a distinguished career of more than 35 years in the fields of stratigraphy, micropalaeontology and geochronology. He is renowned for coordinating the development of the international geological time scale: over the last 25 years Gradstein et al.'s Time Scales, most recently the 2012 “Geologic Time Scale” (GTS2012), have become a ubiquitous “gold standard” for all Earth Scientists. Gradstein has authored over 140 scientific publications in the fields of geological time scales, quantitative stratigraphic methods, stratigraphy and sedimentology of petroleum basins, plate tectonics, palaeoceanography, and deep-water micropalaeontology. He has a career that spans the divides between industry, government and academia, with periods working for Esso and Saga Petroleum, the Geological Survey of Canada, and Dalhousie University. He is currently Professor in the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo. Gradstein recently won the 2012 PROSE Honorable Mention Award for a multi-volume scientific reference.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    University of Oslo, Norway

    J G Ogg

    James Ogg has over 35 years’ experience in the fields of Marine Stratigraphy, Paleoceanography, Paleomagnetism, Sedimentology. Currently a professor at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University, Ogg is renowned for coordinating the development of the international geological time scale: over the last 25 years Gradstein et al.'s Time Scales, most recently the 2012 “Geologic Time Scale” (GTS2012), have become a ubiquitous “gold standard” for all Earth Scientists. Ogg has published over 100 articles and coordinated 2 books as first or co- author on aspects of stratigraphy in refereed journals since 1986, and has contributed to over 70 chapters in Deep Sea Drilling Project and Ocean Drilling Program volumes. He has also won numerous awards, including the Geological Society of America: Mary B. Ansari Best Reference Work Award for The Geologic Time Scale 2004 and most recently the 2012 PROSE Honorable Mention Award for a multi-volume scientific reference.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

    Mark Schmitz

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Boise State University, Idaho, USA

    Gabi Ogg

    Affiliations and Expertise

    West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

    The Geologic Time Scale 2012 2-Volume Set, 1st Edition

    Volume 1
    List of contributors
    Table of contents
    List of abbreviations and acronyms

    1. Introduction, F. M. Gradstein
    2. Chronostratigraphy: linking time and rock, F. M. Gradstein and j. G. Ogg

    3. Biochronology, F.M.Gradstein
    4. Cyclostratigraphy and astrochronology, L. A.hinnov and f.j.hilgen
    5. The geomagnetic polarity time scale, J. G. Ogg
    6. Radiogenic isotopes geochronology, M.Schmitz And M. Villeneuve
    7. Strontium isotope stratigraphy, J. M. Mcarthur, R. J. Howarth and G.Shields
    8. Osmium isotope stratigraphy, B. Peucker-Ehrenbrink and G. Ravizza
    9. Sulfur isotope stratigraphy, A. Paytan
    10. Oxygen isotope stratigraphy, E. Grossman
    11. Carbon isotope stratigraphy, M. Saltzman and E. Thomas
    12. A Brief History of Plants on Earth S.R. Gradstein and H. Kerp
    13. Sequence chronostratigraphy, M. Simmons
    14. Statistical procedures, F. P. Agterberg, O. Hammer and F.M. Gradstein

    15. The Planetary time scale, K.TANAKA AND B.HARTMANN
    16. The Precambrian: the Archean and Proterozoic Eons, M.van Kranendonk and co-authors
    17. The Cryogenian Period, G. A. Shields, A.C. Hill and B. A. MacGabhann
    18. The Ediacaran Period, G. Narbonne, S. Xiao and G.A. Shields

    Volume 2
    19. The Cambrian Period, S. Peng, L. Babcock and R. A. Cooper
    20. The Ordovician Period, R. A. Cooper and P. M. Sadler
    21. The Silurian Period, M. J. Melchin, R. A. Cooper and P. M. Sadler
    22. The Devonian Period, T. Becker, F. M. Gradstein and O. Hammer
    23. The Carboniferous Period, V. Davydov, D. Korn and M. Schmitz
    24. The Permian Period, CH. Henderson, V. Davydov and B. Wardlaw
    25. The Triassic Period, J. G. Ogg
    26. The Jurassic Period, J. G. Ogg
    27. The Cretaceous Period, J. G. Ogg and L. Hinnov
    28. The Paleogene Period, N. Vandenberghe, R. Speijer and F.J. Hilgen
    29. The Neogene Period, F.J. Hilgen, L. Lourens, and J. van Dam
    30. The Quaternary Period, B. Pillans and P. Gibbard
    31. The Prehistoric Human Time Scale, J.A. Catt and M.A. Maslin
    32. The Anthropocene, J.Z Alasiewicz, P. Crutzen and W. Steffen

    Appendix 1- Recommended color coding of stages
    Appendix 2 - Radiometric ages used in GTS2012, M.D. Schmitz
    Appendix 3 - Biochronology of Paleogene and Neogene Microfossils, E. Anthonissen, J.G. Ogg.
    Stratigraphic Index
    General Index

    Quotes and reviews

    "…one of the main distinctions of the new version is the more detailed subdivision of the preceding Precambrian interval. As before, the earlier chapters of the book summarize the approaches used; they review the main methods of obtaining chronometric dates and calibrating them with geomagnetic polarity and orbital fluctuations, as well as the use of various stable isotopes in chronological and paleoenvironmental analysis…Required for specialist libraries and a valuable acquisition for other libraries lacking the 2004 edition."--CHOICE April 2013

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