Amino acid racemization, biostratigraphy

Matthew Kosnik*

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Abstract

Amino acid racemization biostratigraphy refers to using the ratio of right-handed (D) to left-handed (L) amino acids (D/L value) preserved in sediment or fossils to determine the age of sedimentary deposits including the duration of time recorded in sedimentary deposits. This can be done by direct comparison of D/L values to determine relative ages or by using calibrated D/L values to estimate ages in calendar years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of scientific dating methods
EditorsW. Jack Rink, Jeroen W. Thompson
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages26-28
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9789400763043, 9789400763265
ISBN (Print)9789400763036
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameEncyclopedia of earth sciences series
ISSN (Print)1388-4360
ISSN (Electronic)1871-756X

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