uranium-lead dating


uranium-lead dating
uranium-lead dating noun (geology)
A method of determining the age in years of geological material, based on the known decay rate of uranium isotopes to lead isotopes
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  • Uranium — (pronEng|jʊˈreɪniəm) is a silvery gray metallic chemical element in the actinide series of the periodic table that has the symbol U and atomic number 92. It has 92 protons and 92 electrons, 6 of them valence electrons. It can have between 141 and …   Wikipedia

  • Uranium-uranium dating — is a radiometric dating technique utilizing the comparison of two isotopes of uranium (U) in a sample: 234U and 238U. 234U/238U dating is one of several radiometric dating techniques exploiting the uranium radioactive decay series, in which 238U… …   Wikipedia

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  • dating — I In geology and archaeology, the process of determining an object s or event s place within a chronological scheme. Scientists may use either relative dating, in which items are sequenced on the basis of stratigraphic clues (see stratigraphy) or …   Universalium

  • lead-210 dating — Method of dating that makes use of the ratio of the amount of the radioactive isotope lead 210 to that of the stable isotope lead 206. The method has been applied to the ores of uranium. Lead 210 dating is particularly useful for determining the… …   Universalium

  • uranium — /yoo ray nee euhm/, n. Chem. a white, lustrous, radioactive, metallic element, occurring in pitchblende, and having compounds that are used in photography and in coloring glass. The 235 isotope is used in atomic and hydrogen bombs and as a fuel… …   Universalium