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But what's neat about argon-40 is that while it's lava, while it's in this liquid state-- so let's imagine this lava right over here. And so what you can do is you can look at the ratio of the number of potassium-40's there are today to the number that there must have been, based on this evidence right over here, to actually date it.
And in the next video I'll actually go through the mathematical calculation to show you that you can actually date it.
It accounts for, I'm just rounding off, 93.3% of the potassium that you would find on Earth. You also have potassium-- and once again writing the K and the 19 are a little bit redundant-- you also have potassium-41. And then you have a very scarce isotope of potassium called potassium-40. And so what's really interesting about potassium-40 here is that it has a half-life of 1.25 billion years. So when you think about it decaying into argon-40, what you see is that it lost a proton, but it has the same mass number.
So the good thing about that, as opposed to something like carbon-14, it can be used to date really, really, really old things. So one of the protons must of somehow turned into a neutron. It'll just bubble out essentially, because it's not bonded to anything, and it'll sort of just seep out while we are in a liquid state. So right when the event happened, you shouldn't have any argon-40 right when that lava actually becomes solid.
The attraction of the method lies in the fact that one of the daughter elements is argon which is an inert gas.
And this is actually the most common isotope of potassium. This accounts for about 6.7% of the potassium on the planet. And as we'll see, when you can date old volcanic rock it allows you to date other types of rock or other types of fossils that might be sandwiched in between old volcanic rock.And he hopes the rock has remained sealed until the time he collected his sample.the geologist only needs to measure the relative amounts of potassium-40 and argon-40 in the rock at the present time to be able to calculate an age for the rock. And we know if an atom has 19 protons it is going to be potassium. We know that if it's potassium that atom has 19 protons.
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And let's say you feel pretty good that this soil hasn't been dug up and mixed or anything like that.