Thursday, May 01, 2008

FT2008 Early Registration Deadline

The early registration deadline for the 11th International Conference on Thermochronometry is tomorrow! Get the purchase card and sign up now, otherwise your grant will have to pony up another 50$. All the information you'll need can be found here. The meeting is in Anchorage, from September 15-19. I've never been to this conference, but reliable sources tell me they have been excellent in the past.

The FT conferences started out as Fission-Track workshops, but have expanded to include all low-temperature thermochronometers. There will be a wide range of posters and talks at the conference. The conveners are specifically requesting papers that fall into these categories:

1) New analytical developments in helium dating and fission-track analysis
2) Thermochronology of orogenic belts
3) Detrital thermochronology, provenance, and basin analysis
4) Thermochronology of sedimentary basins
5) Kinetics and thermal modeling
6) The thermotectonic framework of Alaska and adjacent areas.

Abstract and final registration deadline is June 13th, still time to crank out some ages!

Incidentally, speaking of abstracts, when writing them I always like to paraphrase our former Secretary of Defense and say "You write abstracts with the data you have, not the data you want."


emily said...

My prof Phil Armstrong is going and my two friends/fellow majors whose theses are being advised by him are going too!
Wish i could~

Thermochronic said...

Emily - There is some info on the page about being a sponsored student, might be worth looking into if you are interested.

BrianR said...

This conference is completely out of realm of expertise, but sounds fun nonetheless!

Anonymous said...

"This is an exciting time in low-temperature thermochronometry because of the explosion of helium dating and how it has integrated with well-established fission track thermochronology."

The FT community clings to life in the face of their niche being taken over by (U-Th)/He.

Thermochronic said...

Anony - I actually disagree. I think that (U-Th)/He and AFT are more powerful together than they would be alone. AFT still corners the market on thermal modeling, and the temperatures AFT covers are most sought after by industry. He also has a hell of a time working on crappy apatites, samples FT has no problem with at all. For detrital samples FT is much more powerful and reliable. We're like the wonder twins of the upper crust!

Anonymous said...

heeheehee, I just had to say it, for no other reason than to get a rise out of you.

Thermochronic said...

I am such an easy target! The worlds only reactionary thermochronologist!

Anonymous said...

In my experience, many thermochronologists who come from a noble gas background look down on FT.

Bad attitudes are part of the reason I left the Tt business.

Not sure what you mean by "corners the market on thermal modeling". I'd argue that the really good thermal modeling is done by people who specialize in it, like Ehlers at Michigan.

-The Lesser Half

Thermochronic said...

I am talking more about modeling of thermochronologic data, as opposed to modeling the thermal responses of the crust under different tectonic scenarios. I agree, Todd Ehlers is a master of many things, that being one of them!

When I say "corners the market" I mean that He folks can't get more information out of their ages than the actual age (unless you take the David Shuster approach, but that is not something many people can do yet). Ar folks can model their data, but I have a great amount of respect for FT length modeling, I think it is one of the better developed and reliable ways to create thermal models for a sample.