Ages on the right in millions of years are based on radiometric dating. The daughters have relatively short half-lives ranging from a few hundred thousand years down to only a few years. A more realistic picture might show researchers digging in smelly mud for hours under the hot sun while battling relentless mosquitoes. These discussions were rendered obsolete by the discovery of radioactivity in by the French physicist Henri Becquerel. Radiogenic isotope geology 2nd ed.
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Turney, Chris S. Therefore, since the meteorites are very accurately dated at 4. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. That way, dates reported in magazine articles and books do not have to be adjusted as the years pass. The Dating Game Cambridge: The uranium content of the sample has to be known, but that can be determined by placing a plastic film over the polished slice of the material, and bombarding it with slow neutrons. Although certain dating techniques are accurate only within certain age ranges, whenever possible, scientists attempt to use multiple methods to date specimens.