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The rate of decay (given the symbol λ) is the fraction of the 'parent' atoms that decay in unit time.For geological purposes, this is taken as one year.This technique uses the same minerals and rocks as for K-Ar dating but restricts measurements to the argon isotopic system which is not so affected by metamorphic and alteration events. The decay of 147Sm to 143Nd for dating rocks began in the mid-1970s and was widespread by the early 1980s.It is useful for dating very old igneous and metamorphic rocks and also meteorites and other cosmic fragments.This technique is good for iron meteorites and the mineral molybdenite.This system is highly favoured for accurate dating of igneous and metamorphic rocks, through many different techniques.
Others place mineral grains under a special microscope, firing a laser beam at the grains which ionises the mineral and releases the isotopes.
This decay process leads to a more balanced nucleus and when the number of protons and neutrons balance, the atom becomes stable.
This radioactivity can be used for dating, since a radioactive 'parent' element decays into a stable 'daughter' element at a constant rate.
The Re-Os isotopic system was first developed in the early 1960s, but recently has been improved for accurate age determinations.
The main limitation is that it only works on certain igneous rocks as most rocks have insufficient Re and Os or lack evolution of the isotopes.