Earth: Inside and Out
Rock Dating Gallery

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Topic of Focus: What is the Age of the Earth?
"...we can determine very precisely and with great accuracy the ages of many geologic materials."
-- Ed Mathez
 
 
Illustrations from the Hall of Planet Earth
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Dating Rocks with Radioactivity
Telling Time Precisely
 
 
Stillwater Gabbro
Introduction to Stillwater Gabbro
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Stillwater gabbro, in the Hall of Planet Earth at the AMNH...
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Close-up photo of the Stillwater gabbro...
   
 
 
Stillwater Gabbro: Collecting and Dating
 
Computing the Rate of Decay
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Museum scientists Ed Mathez and Margaret Carruthers with colleagues...
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stillwater_collect_th.jpg Collecting a Sample for the Hall
Elf French and Ed Mathez collect a boulder from the Stillwater Complex...
 
stillwater_vials_th.jpg Vials of Crushed Rock
In order to date the gabbro, it was crushed up...
   
 
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Initially, the three minerals (P, C, O)...