Radiometric Dating It is the principal source of information about the absolute age of rocks and other geological features, including the age of the Earth itself, and it can be used to date a wide range of natural and man-made materials.
What is the absolute age of uranium 235?
704 million years RADIOMETRIC TIME SCALEParent IsotopeStable Daughter ProductCurrently Accepted Half-Life ValuesUranium-238Lead-2064.5 billion yearsUranium-235Lead-207704 million yearsThorium-232Lead-20814.0 billion yearsRubidium-87Strontium-8748.8 billion years2 more rows•13 Jun 2001
How do you date a rock?
To establish the age of a rock or a fossil, researchers use some type of clock to determine the date it was formed. Geologists commonly use radiometric dating methods, based on the natural radioactive decay of certain elements such as potassium and carbon, as reliable clocks to date ancient events.
Why is U-235 better than u 238?
U- 235 is a fissile isotope, meaning that it can split into smaller molecules when a lower-energy neutron is fired at it. U- 238 has an even mass, and odd nuclei are more fissile because the extra neutron adds energy - more than what is required to fission the resulting nucleus.