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tephrochronology Line breaks: tephro|chron¦ology
Pronunciation: /ˌtɛfrə(ʊ)krəˈnɒlədʒi/

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Definition of tephrochronology in English:


[mass noun] Geology
The dating of volcanic eruptions and other events by studying layers of tephra.
Example sentences
  • To introduce students to tephrochronology as a means of correlating marine, ice and terrestrial proxy records of palaeoenvironmental change.
  • These deposits are important because they permit both increased dating resolution in areas close to volcanoes and the use of tephrochronology over very long distances.


Example sentences
  • The prize shall be awarded to the author or co-authors of the most meritorious contribution to tephrochronological research in the New Zealand region published in the previous 3 years.
  • The tephrochronological record of Monticchio is ideal for linking both terrestrial and marine sequences of the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • A preliminary tephrochronological investigation was conducted around mid to late Holocene archaeological sites on the coast of eleven islands of the Kuril Islands.
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