Dating rocks using uranium 238

Published: 16.01.2018

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Uranium-lead radiometric dating involves using uranium-235 or uranium-238 to date a substance's absolute age. This scheme has been refined to the point that the error margin in dates of rocks can be as low as less than two million years in .

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Uranium 238 into Lead 206

If we measure ages for a number of zircons in the sample, and we can now use laser ablation to determine ages for zones within a single crystal, they should plot on a line between those two ages. Edit Answer by Hotrodlincoln With radiocarbon dating, the amount of the radioactive isotope carbon is measured. So, we start out with two isotopes of uranium that are unstable and radioactive. For cases like this, we can plot isochrons. Register to view this lesson Are you a student or a teacher?

    1. Andryuxa_Pastux - 17.01.2018 in 14:11

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      Sergio_Moralez - 25.01.2018 in 11:34

      Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

      Joe_Bruno - 04.02.2018 in 03:19

      The uranium content of the sample has to be known, but that can be determined by placing a plastic film over the polished slice of the material, and bombarding it with slow neutrons. This is what archaeologists use to determine the age of human-made artifacts.

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