Austin's paper or at any scholarly criticism of it, your eyes will quickly glaze over from the extraordinary detail and intricacy.So I thought this would be a great place to point Skeptoid's skeptical eye, and see how much of the chaff we can cut through to see what the bare facts of the case really are.This module is suitable for BSc students interested in furthering their knowledge of the science of dating and its context in the current understanding of the Earth.It will be useful to have attended GEO2230 Reconstructing Past Environments and links with the Iceland field trip in the second year.This module will provide an overview of Late Quaternary environmental change in NW Europe through a series of lectures and small group activities.You will then be introduced to a range of key proxy techniques used to reconstruct past environmental change from terrestrial archives.Obviously both sides of this debate have agendas to promote, and that means that any summary you're likely to read was probably motivated by one agenda or the other.Let's begin with a basic understanding of the radiometric dating technique used, K-Ar, or potassium-argon.
This module aims to provide an introduction to the principles and techniques used to reconstruct past climates and environments at this time.
Archaeologists and biologists are also sometimes able to use potassium-argon dating to measure the age of artifacts and fossils, when these have become trapped in or buried under volcanic rock.
The mathematical formula that is used to figure the age of the rock depends on the half-life of potassium-40 (the time it takes for half the potassium-40 in a given sample to decay).
At the same time, with the rapid evolution of human society and the expansion of early cultures across Europe, the role of anthropogenic activity in driving the evolution of the European landscape became ever more significant.
Reconstructing the past history of climate change and human activity provides an invaluable insight into the role climate and anthropogenic activity has played in moulding the European landscape in terms of its physical and biological characteristics.