Sixteen. The Geochronology of Impact Craters

  1. Gordon R. Osinski2 and
  2. Elisabetta Pierazzo3
  1. Simon P. Kelley and
  2. Sarah C. Sherlock

Published Online: 25 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118447307.ch16

Impact Cratering: Processes and Products

Impact Cratering: Processes and Products

How to Cite

Kelley, S. P. and Sherlock, S. C. (2012) The Geochronology of Impact Craters, in Impact Cratering: Processes and Products (eds G. R. Osinski and E. Pierazzo), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118447307.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Departments of Earth Sciences/Physics and Astronomy, Western University, 1151 Richmond Street, London, ON, N6A 5B7, Canada

  2. 3

    Planetary Science Institute, 1700 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 106, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA

Author Information

  1. Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198295

Online ISBN: 9781118447307



  • impact crater geochronology;
  • dating terrestrial impact craters, stratigraphic/radioisotope dating;
  • impact craters at K–Pg boundary, synchronous with sudden extinctions;
  • impact geochronology, flood basalts and mass extinctions;
  • geochronology in clusters of impacts of geological records;
  • ages of terrestrial meteorite impact, by relative/absolute techniques;
  • the Earth cratering record, and changing populations of small bodies;
  • U–Pb precise/accurate dating of geological, mineral crystallization age;
  • Ar–Ar dating, laser spot analysis at high spatial resolution;
  • radioisotope dating for causal, in mass extinction and global catastrophy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Techniques used for dating terrestrial impact craters

  • Impact craters at the K–Pg boundary

  • Geochronology of impacts, flood basalts and mass extinctions

  • Using geochronology to identify clusters of impacts in the geological record

  • Concluding remarks

  • References