ArticlesAge Measurements

Rubidium-Strontium, Uranium, and Thorium-Lead Dating of Lunar Material

Science  30 Jan 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3918, pp. 471-473
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3918.471

Abstract

Rubidiuom and stronztiulm concentrations and strontium isotopic compositions have been measutred on whole rock samples and density fractions of microgabbro. Density fractionis on two rocks define isochrons of 3400 and 4500 million years with large uincertainties owing to low enrichment of radiogenic strontium. Lead from fine surface material is highly radiogenic. An age of 4750 million years has been calculated from the ratio of 207Pb/206Pb. The concentrations of uiranium, thorium, and lead isotopes are consistent with the evolution of lead in a 4700-million-year-old closed system characterized by the ratios of uranium to lead and of thoriunm to lead in this sutrface material.

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