Gneiss age dating
2) To familiarize students with the concept of half-life in radioactive decay.
3) To have students see that individual runs of statistical processes are less predictable than the average of many runs (or that runs with relatively small numbers involved are less dependable than runs with many numbers).
If the nucleus has not yet decayed, there is always that same, slight chance that it will change in the near future.
Atomic nuclei are held together by an attraction between the large nuclear particles (protons and neutrons) that is known as the "strong nuclear force", which must exceed the electrostatic repulsion between the protons within the nucleus.
That chance of decay is very small, but it is always present and it never changes.
In other words, the nuclei do not "wear out" or get "tired".
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Moderately to strongly deformed intrusive complex composed of gneissic biotite quartz diorite, hornblende-biotite quartz diorite, and biotite granodiorite; all rocks foliated and some strongly sheared; age 550 /- 50 m.y.* by radiogenic dating.
This information reflects geologic interpretations from over 20 years ago and do not necessarily represent an accurate interpretation of currently accepted geologic theory.Return to top Each team of 3 to 5 students should discuss together how to determine the relative age of each of the rock units in the block diagram (Figure 1).After students have decided how to establish the relative age of each rock unit, they should list them under the block, from most recent at the top of the list to oldest at the bottom.Principle of cross-cutting relations: Any geologic feature is younger than anything else that it cuts across.
Some elements have forms (called isotopes) with unstable atomic nuclei that have a tendency to change, or decay.
This is a stable condition, and there are no more changes in the atomic nucleus.