Naturally occurring radionuclides and Earth sciences

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G. Ferrara

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Naturally occurring radionuclides are used in Earth sciences for two fundamental purposes: age determination of rocks and minerals and studies of variation of the isotopic composition of radiogenic nuclides. The methodologies that are in use today allow us to determine ages spanning from the Earth's age to the late Quaternary. The variations of isotopic composition of radiogenic nuclides can be applied to problems of mantle evolution, magma genesis and characterization with respect to different geodynamic situations and can provide valuable information not obtainable by elemental geochemistry.

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Ferrara G. Naturally occurring radionuclides and Earth sciences. Ann. Geophys. [Internet]. 1997Nov.25 [cited 2022Jul.6];40(5). Available from: https://www.annalsofgeophysics.eu/index.php/annals/article/view/3860
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