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Note that at time 0, the time of the mineral's formation, the crystal contains only parent atoms.
At time 1, 50% of the parent atoms remain; at time 2, only 25% remain, and so on.
This means that as radioactive parent elements decay, they and their daughters are trapped together inside the crystal.
The discovery gave scientists a tool for dating rocks that contain radioactive elements.
Many elements have naturally occurring isotopes, varieties of the element that have different numbers of neutrons in the nucleus.
The rates of decay of various radioactive isotopes have been accurately measured in the laboratory and have been shown to be constant, even in extreme temperatures and pressures.
These rates are usually expressed as the isotope's half-life--that is, the time it takes for one-half of the parent isotopes to decay.