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One of the most interesting applications of the improved uranium–lead zircon technique has to do with its ability to achieve nearly concordant results from single grains extracted from sandstone.

This is possible because zircon is chemically inert and is not disturbed during weathering and because single grains with a diameter about the thickness of a human hair contain sufficient uranium and lead for analysis in the most advanced laboratories.

Uranium–lead dating relies on the isolation of very high-quality grains or parts of mineral grains that are extremely rare but nevertheless present in most igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rock units.The 235U–207Pb cascade has a half-life of 704 million years and the 238U–206Pb cascade is considerably slower, with a half-life of 4.47 billion years.So when a mineral grain forms (specifically, when it first cools below its trapping temperature), it effectively sets the uranium-lead "clock" to zero.In one sample it was determined that a sandstone that underlies most of the province of Nova Scotia in Canada was probably originally deposited off the coast of North Africa and thrust over the continent before the opening of the Atlantic Ocean.This follows because the ages observed occur in North Africa, whereas those common in North America are absent.

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