One of the reasons noble gases make such good tracers of processes occurring in rocks is their scarcity. Thus, a process that converts a small fraction of a relatively rare element into a noble gas can have a large effect on the noble gas. Radioactive decay can be such a process. In a meteorite which has formed very early in the solar system’s history and been little altered since, the effect can be even more dramatic. Furthermore, since radioactive decay proceeds at a known rate, radiogenic noble gases, those produced by decay, have been crucial in deciphering the chronology of...
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Research Article| January 01, 2002
Noble Gases in the Moon and Meteorites: Radiogenic Components and Early Volatile Chronologies
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Timothy D. Swindle; Noble Gases in the Moon and Meteorites: Radiogenic Components and Early Volatile Chronologies. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 2002;; 47 (1): 101–124. doi: https://doi.org/10.2138/rmg.2002.47.4
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