Absolute Dating

Absolute Dating - crystal or seashell. If this isotope is...

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Absolute Dating Absolute dating is the determination of an exact date Geologists use radiometric dating, which follows the principle of radioactive decay Radioactive decay occurs when a radioactive atom spontaneously decays to a different atom at regular rates through time
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The Parent Isotope (P) is the starting isotope, and can be found in a newly formed
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Unformatted text preview: crystal or seashell. If this isotope is radioactive it decays to: The Daughter Isotope (D) , which is a stable isotope The Half Life (T 1/2 ) is the time it takes for of the parent atoms to decay to stable daughters Ages can be determined if the T 1/2 and percentage of parent and daughter isotopes is known...
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course GLY 1000 taught by Professor Parker during the Spring '11 term at FSU.

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