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Here I want to concentrate on another source of error, namely, processes that take place within magma chambers.To me it has been a real eye opener to see all the processes that are taking place and their potential influence on radiometric dating.Of all the isotopic dating methods in use today, the uranium-lead method is the oldest and, when done carefully, the most reliable.Unlike any other method, uranium-lead has a natural cross-check built into it that shows when nature has tampered with the evidence.This belief in long ages for the earth and the existence of life is derived largely from radiometric dating.These long time periods are computed by measuring the ratio of daughter to parent substance in a rock and inferring an age based on this ratio.This calls the whole radiometric dating scheme into serious question.
What makes this fact useful is that they occur at different rates, as expressed in their half-lives (the time it takes for half the atoms to decay).
Lead atoms created by uranium decay are trapped in the crystal and build up in concentration with time.
If nothing disturbs the grain to release any of this radiogenic lead, dating it is straightforward in concept.
Uranium comes in two common isotopes with atomic weights of 235 and 238 (we'll call them 235U and 238U).
Both are unstable and radioactive, shedding nuclear particles in a cascade that doesn't stop until they become lead (Pb).