Uniformity_Dating.docx - Uniformity Radioactive dating is a way of determining the age of a specimen or fossil by determining how much of the

Uniformity_Dating.docx - Uniformity Radioactive dating is a...

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Uniformity Radioactive dating is a way of determining the age of a specimen or fossil by determining how much of the radioactive material is left. By figuring out what is left behind we can work backwards to figure out the half-lives of a specimen to determine\ the age of the specimen (What is Dating , 216). Radioactive substances have what is called a half-life. The half life of the radioactive material is determined by figuring out the amount of the time which must elapse to decrease the material by a half. By figuring the half-lives from the fraction of material left the age of the fossil is found. The decay occurs at predetermined intervals which have not changed throughout the history of earth. The rates of decay are not subject to change based on climate, temperature, or any other conditions. This is important to determine an accurate calculation of the age of the sample. The most used techniques for radioactive dating are radiocarbon dating, potassium-argon dating, and uranium-lead dating

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