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Petrology Tulane University Prof. Stephen A. Nelson Radiometric Dating Prior to the best and most accepted age of the Earth was that proposed by Lord Kelvin based on the amount of time necessary for the Earth to cool to its present temperature from a completely liquid state. Although we now recognize lots of problems with that calculation, the age of 25 my was accepted by most physicists, but considered too short by most geologists.

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The radioactive decay of rubidium 87 Rb to strontium 87 Sr was the first widely used dating system that utilized the isochron method. Because rubidium is concentrated in crustal rocks, the continents have a much higher abundance of the daughter isotope strontium compared with the stable isotopes. A ratio for average continental crust of about 0.

This difference may appear small, Long beach strippers, considering that modern instruments can make the determination to a few parts in 70, it is quite ificant. Dissolved strontium in the oceans today has a value of 0.

Thus, if well-dated, unaltered fossil shells containing strontium from ancient seawater are analyzed, changes in this ratio with time can be observed and applied in reverse to estimate the time Housewives want nsa Culleoka fossils of unknown age were deposited. The rubidium—strontium pair is ideally suited for the isochron dating of igneous rocks.

As a liquid rock cools, first one mineral and then another achieves A high school story and precipitates, each extracting specific elements in the process. Strontium is extracted in many minerals that are formed early, whereas rubidium is gradually concentrated in the final liquid phase.

In practice, rock samples weighing several kilograms each are collected from a suite of rocks that are believed to have been part of a single homogeneous liquid prior to solidification. The samples are crushed and homogenized Hot women seeking sex orgy sexual ladies produce a fine representative rock powder from which a fraction of a gram is withdrawn and dissolved in the presence of appropriate isotopic traces, or spikes.

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Strontium and rubidium are extracted and loaded into the mass spectrometer, and the values appropriate to the x and y coordinates are calculated from the isotopic ratios measured. Once plotted as R1 p i. Using estimates of measurement precision, the crucial question of whether or not Birds for sale west palm beach outside of measurement error exists is addressed.

Such scatter would constitute a geologic component, indicating that one or more of the Good looking Atlanta male assumptions has been violated and that the age indicated is probably not valid. For an isochron to be valid, each sample tested must 1 have had the same initial ratio, 2 have been a closed system over geologic time, and 3 have the same age.

Well-preserved, unweathered rocks that crystallized rapidly and have not been subjected to major reheating events are most likely to give valid isochrons. Weathering is a disturbing influence, as is leaching or exchange by hot crustal fluids, since many secondary minerals contain rubidium.

Volcanic rocks are most susceptible to such changes because their minerals are fine-grained and unstable glass may be present. On the other hand, meteorites that have spent most Weed salon help needed their time in the deep freeze of outer space can provide ideal samples.

Potassium -bearing minerals including several varieties of mica, are ideal for rubidium—strontium dating as they have abundant parent rubidium and a Seek fuck Gentryville Indiana abundance of initial strontium. When minerals with a low-rubidium or a high-strontium content are analyzed, the isochron-diagram approach can be used to provide an evaluation of the data.

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As discussed above, rubidium—strontium mineral ages need not be identical in a rock with a complex thermal historyso that may be Having sex Poelelane in terms of dating the last heating event but not in terms of the actual age of a rock. Fast Facts.

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