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  • n. A form of radiometric dating used to estimate the time since a rock solidified


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  • U-Pb zircon SHRIMP dating, and muscovite, biotite and K-feldspar 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology indicate that sinistral shear along the Xingxingxia shear zone initiated at about 240-235 million years ago, broadly at the same time as initial formation of the Altyn Tagh fault zone, but later than initiation of dextral strike-slip motion along the ~east-west-trending eastern Tianshan orogenic belt at about 270-245 million years ago.

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  • Many leading scientists in the noble gas thermochronology field use more complex diffusion models that take this effect into account.

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  • This type of model has been used by several leading scientists in the noble gas thermochronology field (see for example:

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