Dating techniques based on radioactive decay

The atoms of some chemical elements have different forms, called isotopes.

These break down over time in a process scientists call radioactive decay.

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This is different to relative dating, which only puts geological events in time Most absolute dates for rocks are obtained with radiometric methods.

These use radioactive minerals in rocks as geological clocks.

Adequate age control is thus a limiting factor in studies of active tectonism.

About 26 dating techniques can be applied to dating deposits and deformation of late Cenozoic age (past few million years).

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