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The uranium and thorium decay systems offer a multitude of radiometric dating options.
Uranium 238 decays through a series of steps to Lead 206.
There was probably radiogenic lead in the mineralizing fluids plus possibly lead leached out of the host rocks.
Fortunately, there is Lead 204, which we can be sure has no radiogenic component.
U-235 decays much faster than U-238 (700 my and 4500 my, respectively).
The final point where the sample plots, will be some linear combination of the true concordia age and some final composition where lead diffusion stopped, either the present or some past metamorphic event.Zircon is especially useful because it frequently contains uranium in substitution for zirconium, but does not incorporate lead (as shown by the absence of Lead-204).Thus all the lead in the zircon can be assumed to be radiogenic.For instance, half the mass of carbon-14, an unstable isotope of carbon, will decay into nitrogen-14 over a period of 5,730 years.The unswerving regularity of this decay allows scientists to determine the age of extremely old organic materials -- such as remains of Paleolithic campfires -- with a fair degree of precision.