Absolute or Radiometric dating is the process by which minerals are tested for radioactive isotope

Absolute or Radiometric dating is the process by which minerals are tested for radioactive isotope

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Absolute or Radiometric dating is the process by which minerals are tested for radioactive isotopes to ascertain a numerical age. When a new mineral is formed is creates a pocket that is not effected by outside containments. Scientists look at the contents of these capsules to determine the age of the mineral which it resides. To determine the numerical age of a mineral scientist look at the radioactive parent atoms sealed in the minerals, then look at the rate determined by half life at which the parent
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Unformatted text preview: atoms have decayed into daughter atoms. The trickiest part for scientist is to figure out the point at which the parent atoms became contaminated with daughter atoms. This method is best suited to date igneous rock because of the way the grains are formed. However sedimentary rocks are very hard to date using this method. I believe this method is best suited to dating the earth because it is the most widely used....
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