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1. Which element's radioactive decay is used in carbon dating for determining the age of fossils?

2. What principle does uranium-lead dating rely on for age determination?

3. Which dating method uses the decay of Potassium-40 into Argon-40 to determine the age of rocks?

4. What is the term used to describe the time it takes for half of a radioactive substance to decay?

5. For which type of materials is carbon dating most effective?

6. Uranium-lead dating is particularly useful for dating which type of geological samples?

7. How does the presence of daughter isotopes affect the accuracy of radiometric dating?

8. What distinguishes radiocarbon dating from other radiometric dating techniques?

9. In uranium-lead dating, what geological feature provides the best 'closed system' condition for accurate age determination?

10. Which radiometric dating method is effective for dating very old rocks, particularly those that are billions of years old?