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A Concise Geologic Time Scale - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444594679, 9780444594686

A Concise Geologic Time Scale

1st Edition


Authors: J G Ogg Gabi Ogg F M Gradstein
eBook ISBN: 9780444594686
Paperback ISBN: 9780444637710
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 13th May 2016
Page Count: 240
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A Concise Geologic Time Scale: 2016 presents a summary of Earth's history over the past 4.5 billion years, as well as a brief overview of contemporaneous events on the Moon, Mars, and Venus. The authors have been at the forefront of chronostratigraphic research and initiatives to create an international geologic time scale for many years, and the charts in this book present the most up-to-date international standard, as ratified by the International Commission on Stratigraphy and the International Union of Geological Sciences.

This book is an essential reference for all geoscientists, including researchers, students, and petroleum and mining professionals. The presentation is non-technical and illustrated with numerous colour charts, maps and photographs.

Key Features

  • Presents a summary of Earth's history over the past 4.5 billion years
  • Includes a brief overview of contemporaneous events on the Moon, Mars, and Venus
  • Includes full-color figures including charts, stratigraphic profiles, and photographs to enhance understanding of each geologic period
  • Correlates regional geologic stages to the standard definitions approved by the International Commission on Stratigraphy
  • Offers an explanation of the methods used to create the time scale
  • 2017 PROSE Award Finalist in Earth Science


All geoscientists need to geologic time scale. More specifically, biochronologists, evolutionary biologists, geo-engineers, space geo-engineers, astronomers, all high school teachers with geology in their curriculum vita, all geostudents, all university teachers with geology in their curriculum, all stratigraphic and paleontologic professionals in industry, quaternary geoscientists

Table of Contents

Planetary time scale
Cambrian Period
Ordovician period
Silurian Period
Devonian Period
Carboniferous Period
Permian Period
Triassic Period
Jurassic Period
Cretaceous period
Paleogene Period
Neogene Period
Quaternary Period


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About the Authors

J G Ogg

J G Ogg

JAMES OGG (Professor at Purdue University, Indiana, USA) was Secretary General of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (2000-2008), and is currently serving as coordinator of that ICS stratigraphy information service. His Mesozoic Stratigraphy Lab group works on aspects of climate cycles, magnetic polarity correlations and integration of stratigraphic information. Their TimeScale Creator array of visualization tools for extensive databases in global and regional Earth history was used to generate many of the diagrams in this book.

Affiliations and Expertise

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Gabi Ogg

Gabi Ogg

GABI OGG applied micropaleontology to Jurassic-Cretaceous correlations before concentrating on public outreach in geosciences. She coordinated the extensive array of graphics in this book, and is the webmaster for the Geologic TimeScale Foundation ( and for the TimeScale Creator visualization and database suites ( In addition to co-authoring the Concise Geologic TimeScale (GTS2016) and The Geologic Time Scale (GTS2012) books, she has produced numerous posters and time scale cards for public audiences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Geologic TimeScale Foundation, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Paleontology, geo-graphics

F M Gradstein

F M Gradstein

FELIX GRADSTEIN is Professor Emeritus at Oslo University, Norway and visiting Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth, UK. From 2000 to 2008, he was chair of the International Commission on Stratigraphy. Under his leadership major progress was made with the formal definition of chronostratigraphic units from Precambrian through Quaternary. For his fundamental work concerning the Geologic Time Scale, geochronology in general, quantitative stratigraphy and micropaleontology, the European Geosciences Union awarded him in 2010 the Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal. He is Chair of the Geologic Time Scale Foundation and teaches courses in quantitative stratigraphy and the geologic time scale. Now that he has free time again, after completing this book with his outstanding co-editors and co-authors, he studies the early evolution of planktonic foraminifera.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Oslo, Norway; Chronostratigraphy, paleontology


PROSE Awards 2017: Earth Science, Association of American Publishers


Reviews of the 2004 edition:
"This is an excellent book and an essential reference tool for all who have an interest in the past and future evolution in our planet. ... The book is beautifully produced and well organized with maps, illustrations, charts, and photos. All are in the correct geologic colors. The hardback copy of the book at a price of $40 is an excellent investment." --Ronald Greene, The Leading Edge

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