The latest edition of the Geological Time Table provides students of earth history and professional geologists/paleontologists with a succinct survey of chronostratigraphic names encountered in literature. The chart is colourful and attractive, and packed with practical, up-to-date information.
Among its many valuable features, the user will find: international correlation of chronostratigraphic units worldwide (both local and regional units are correlated to standard international units according to the most recent and up to date information); major orogenic events tied to the chronostratigraphic scale and updated; major biotic evolutionary events (including hominid events) and major oceanographic/paleogeographic events.
Six paleocirculation maps make the chart more useful for teaching purposes. No specific stratigraphic school of thought prevails. Rather than following a dogmatic approach, the chart lists both the general and local/regional stratigraphic terms, as well as those names that are generally considered obsolete or terminologically incorrect but which, nevertheless, still occur frequently in the literature.
For those familiar with earlier versions of the chart, new features of this fourth edition include:
• Expansion of the geomagnetic data
• Addition of palaeoceanographic reconstructions
• Addition of major biological events
• Addition of major oceanographical events
• Incorporation of regional classification of China.
The Geological Time Table is a must for students of earth history, practising geologists, archaeologists, climatologists, and should find a place in all geological institutions, universities, museums, schools, and oil exploration companies.