[LPT] Diffusion Chronometry Geospeedometry

EN | Diffusion chronometry, also known as geospeedometry, is a technique that can be used to constrain the duration of thermal pulses of a geological event, for example, by modeling the diffusion of element profiles in minerals. The technique involves measuring the diffusive loss of an element during the heating and/or cooling history of a rock, giving information about the time-integrated thermal response of geological events coupled with an excellent time resolution (<10 Mry). Check out our #learningpetrotools to learn more about its premises and applications.

PT | A cronometria de difusão, também conhecida como geospeedometria, é uma técnica usada para determinar a duração dos pulsos térmicos de um evento geológico, por exemplo, por meio da modelagem de difusão de perfis de elementos nos minerais. A técnica envolve a medição da perda difusiva de um elemento durante a história de aquecimento e/ou resfriamento de uma rocha. Com sua aplicação, são obtidas informações sobre a resposta térmica (de minerais?) integrada no tempo de eventos geológicos, com ótima resolução temporal (<10 Mry). Confira as nossas #learningpetrotools para saber mais sobre suas premissas e aplicações.

Author: Lucas Tesser


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