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An exact age for an old rock

Stillwater Gabro_HERO

Exhibition Text

This gabbro formed by crystallization of magma. In order to date the rock, the three minerals that make it up were separated from one another. Three vials containing these minerals are shown here.  The white mineral is plagioclase, the green one clinopyroxene, and the black one orthopyroxene. The fourth vial contains the crushed whole rock.

AMNH collection

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Geologic Time

Keywords: Plagioclase, Pyroxene, Gabbro, Geochemistry, Radioactive dating

Audience: General