Radiometric Dating Does Work! Just as the magnetic methods in a work will point toward magnetic north, small magnetic minerals that occur naturally in rocks point toward magnetic north, approximately parallel to the Earth's samples field. Because of this, magnetic minerals in rocks are excellent recorders of the orientation, or polarity , of the Earth's samples field. Figure
Radiometric Dating and the Geological Time Scale
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The older method required splitting samples into two for separate potassium and argon measurements, while the newer method requires only one rock fragment or mineral grain and uses a single measurement of argon isotopes. The sample is generally crushed and single crystals of a mineral or fragments of rock hand-selected for analysis. These are then irradiated to produce 39 Ar from 39 K via the n-p reaction 39 K n,p 39 Ar. The sample is then degassed in a high-vacuum mass spectrometer via a laser or resistance furnace. Heating causes the crystal structure of the mineral or minerals to degrade, and, as the sample melts, trapped gases are released.
Dating Fossils in the Rocks
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