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The Network has run a number of workshops so far to gather input from the community on the salient issues and define new ways forward in improving our analytical capability and rigour and ultimately our geochronological science.Information on these workshops and the recommendations and new developments that have resulted, can be found in these pages as well as news items on upcoming events.U leakage would cause discordant points to plot above the cocordia. Lunar rocks also lie on the Geochron, at least suggesting that the moon formed at the same time as meteorites. Pb separated from continents and thus from average crust also plots on the Geochron, and thus suggests that the Earth formed at the same time as the meteorites and moon.But, again, exptrapolation of the discordia back to the two points where it intersects the Concordia, would give two ages - t* representing the possible metamorphic event and t and solve for t . This argument tells when the elements were formed that make up the Earth, but does not really give us the age of the Earth. Thus, our best estimate of the age of the Earth is 4.55 billion years.For example lavas dated by K-Ar that are historic in age, usually show 1 to 2 my old ages due to trapped Ar.

The Concordia curve can be calculated by defining the following: ).

They are radioactive and decay by alpha-decay down a complex decay series to Pb, and also by fission.

U has two main radioactive isotopes, 235U and 238U, that decay to isotopes of Pb, 207Pb and 206Pb respectively.

As one of the founders and key co-ordinators of the Network, Jan put this website together (with Jiri Slama, the webmaster) and we hope it serves the community well. This ‘ has been on-going since 2006 and integrates with the EARTHTIME and Earth Chem initiatives to take advantage of mutually beneficial outcomes, in particular comparability of geochronology results determined by different methods.

The Network (formerly the Working Group on LA-ICP-MS U-(Th-)Pb Geochronology) was established to highlight and improve key aspects of our practices and we are recognised as a Special Interest Group of the International Association of Geoanalysts (IAG).

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