Studies using radiometric dating

Increasingly, the other techniques are used, such that probably no one technique dominates for meteorite dating.

The use of 14C in meteorite dating is solely based on its production by cosmic rays (and for terrestrial samples, with its production in the atmosphere).

26Al and some other nuclides not mentioned are also used in this way.

Thermal processes that may occur during meteorite impact in the lifetime of the specimen can reset some of the atomic clocks, mixing components and releasing important gases such as "You refer to extinct nuclides 14C, 26Al, and 129I.

Only the latter two "extinct" nuclides are used in dating.

Without this knowledge, he argued that, "As for the future, we may say, with equal certainty, that inhabitants of the Earth cannot continue to enjoy the light and heat essential to their life, for many million years longer, unless sources now unknown to us are prepared in the great storehouse of creation."The same is true of the basis of Kelvin's estimate of the age of the Earth.

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