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Yokayama, Y. Winograd, I. Accordingly, those with long half-lives are more abundant than those with short half-lives. Once a uranium-bearing mineral breaks down and dissolves, the elements present may behave differently and equilibrium is disrupted. For example, an isotope of thorium is normally in equilibrium with uranium but is found to be virtually absent in modern corals even though uranium is present.
Over a long period of time, however, uranium decays to thorium , which results in a buildup of the latter in old corals and thereby provides a precise measure of time.
Most of the studies using the intermediate daughter elements were for years carried out by means of radioactive counting techniques; i.
The introduction of highly sensitive mass spectrometers that allow the total number of atoms to be measured rather than the much smaller number that decay has resulted in a revolutionary change in the family of methods based on uranium and thorium disequilibrium. Thorium dating The insoluble nature of thorium provides for an additional disequilibrium situation that allows sedimentation rates in the modern oceans to be determined.
In this case, thorium in seawater, produced principally by the decay of uranium, is deposited preferentially in the sediment without the uranium parent. This is defined as excess thorium because its abundance exceeds the equilibrium amount that should be present.
With time, the excess decays away and the age of any horizon in a core sample can be estimated from the observed thoriumto-thorium ratio in the seawater-derived component of the core.
Sedimentation rates between 1 and 20 mm 0.