News tagged with zircon crystals

Lead hokes the age

Rocks do not lose their memory across Earth history, but their true ages might be distorted: Even under ultra-high temperature metamorphic conditions exceeding 1200°C, zircon retains the lead content accumulated during radioactive ...

dateApr 06, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Zircon crystals reveal onset of plate tectonics

(Phys.org) -- We're familiar with the theory that the Earth's crust is composed of tectonic plates that move, sometimes dramatically to create earthquakes and tsunamis - but until recently, nobody knew how long this movement ...

dateMay 31, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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