Articles | Volume 2, issue 1
Geochronology, 2, 33–61, 2020

Special issue: In situ carbonate U–Pb geochronology

Geochronology, 2, 33–61, 2020

Research article 09 Apr 2020

Research article | 09 Apr 2020

Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) U–Pb carbonate geochronology: strategies, progress, and limitations

Nick M. W. Roberts et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (02 Feb 2020) by Catherine Mottram
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ED: Publish as is (23 Feb 2020) by Catherine Mottram
ED: Publish as is (25 Feb 2020) by Georgina King(Editor)
Short summary
Here we review current progress in LA-ICP-MS U–Pb carbonate geochronology and present strategies for acquisition and interpretation of carbonate U–Pb dates. We cover topics from imaging techniques and U and Pb incorporation into calcite to potential limitations of the method – disequilibrium and isotope mobility. We demonstrate the incorporation of imaging and compositional data to help refine and interpret U–Pb dates. We expect this paper to become a go-to reference paper for years to come.