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View Resource Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre

This website describes the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre's work utilizing luminescence and radiocarbon dating. Through this expansive website, visitors can learn about the centre's many research projects including radioactive contamination, isotope geology, and environmental gamma spectrometry.

View Resource Countertop Chemistry Experiment 27: Radioactive Decay of Candium

The North Carolina State University educational outreach program The Science House provides a fun, educational activity about radioactive isotope decay. Students can learn about the half lives of elements with the use of only candy, bags, and graph paper. There are six questions students are expected to answer or investigate, and the site provides not only answers but a brief teaching guide to...

View Resource Tulane University: Radiometric Dating

The fourth website, developed by Professor Stephen A. Nelson at Tulane University, provides a detailed mathematical explanation of the principles of radiometric dating. The site is divided into sections which include: Principles of Radiometric Dating; The Rb/Sr System; The U, Th, Pb System; and The Age of the Earth. Other dating methods are covered briefly as well, such as potassium argon...

View Resource Museum Victoria: Radiometric Dating

The Museum Victoria offers a useful overview of radioactive decay of Potassium-40 and Carbon-14. The website discusses the benefits of isotopes for the research interests of geologists and physicists. There is also information about the dating capabilities of uranium, thorium, and ribidium.

View Resource Relative Dating in Archaeology

These two classroom exercises introduce students to stratigraphy and the law of superposition as well as seriation, dating techniques used by archaeologists to establish a relative chronology. They can be adapted to students at different levels using local materials. In the first exercise, dated materials such as newspapers may be used to illustrate the concepts; students may then manipulate...

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