1. For oscillating systems, length of time required to complete on oscillation.
    Source: Leet, L. Don. 1982. Physical Geology, 6th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
     
  2. a. The geochronologic unit lower in rank than era and higher than epoch, during which the rocks of the corresponding system were formed. It is the fundamental unit of the worldwide geologic time scale. AGI
    b. A term used informally to designate a length of geologic time; e.g., glacial period. AGI
    c. The interval of time required for the completion of a cyclic motion or recurring event, such as the time between two consecutive like phases of the tide or a current. AGI
    d. The duration of one complete cycle of a periodic function; the reciprocal of the frequency of such a function. The independent variable is limited to time. ASM, 1
    e. The elements between an alkali metal and the rare gas of next highest atomic number, inclusive, occupying one (a short period) horizontal row or two (a long period) horizontal rows in the periodic table. CTD
    f. The time required for the power level of a reactor to change by the factor 2.718, which is known as e. Lyman
    Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms











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