Suggested terminology for Quaternary dating methods

Quaternary Research
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Classification of Quaternary dating methods should be based on the level of quantitative information and the degree of confidence contained in the age estimates produced by the dating methods. We recommend the use of the terms numerical-age, calibrated-age, relative-age, and correlated-age to describe these levels. We also classify dating methods by type into sideral, isotopic, radiogenic, chemical and biological, geomorphic, and correlation methods. The use of "absolute" is inappropriate for most dating methods, and should be replaced by "numerical." The use of "date" should be minimized in favor of "age" or "age estimate." We recommend use of the abbreviations ka and Ma for most ages; calendar dates can be used where appropriate and yr B.P. can be used for radiocarbon ages.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Suggested terminology for Quaternary dating methods
Series title Quaternary Research
DOI 10.1016/0033-5894(87)90070-6
Volume 28
Issue 2
Year Published 1987
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Publisher location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Description 6 p.
First page 314
Last page 319