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Titanite (Ca Ti Si O5) is a common accessory magmatic mineral in intermediate and felsic igneous rocks. Occasionally detrital titanite can be found in unmetamorphosed sedimentary rocks.Titanite is most commonly used to date the cooling of metamorphic events using U-Pb isotopes.Zircon is ideal for U-Pb dating because U has a similar charge and ionic radius to Zr it substitutes readily into the zircon crystal structure (in modest amounts, typically in the 10’s to hundreds of parts per million (ppm) range) whereas Pb has a different charge and larger ionic radius leading to its effective exclusion from the crystal lattice.
This means that zircons tend to preserve their primary ages even in volcanic rocks metamorphosed to amphibolite-facies conditions.
Therefore using measured decay constants and the rate at which radionuclides decay, geochronologists can harness this relationship to calculate the amount of time that has passed since an assumed volume of material began accumulating radiogenic material.
The rate at which radioactive elements decay is governed by the exponential decay constant.
In order to be able to quantitatively determine the ratio of the parent nuclide (P) to a stable daughter nuclide (D) we need to analyses materials that have high proportions of P relative to D at their formation such that the ingrowth of D overwhelms that any amount of initial D isotope.
The other important aspect to a good geochronometer is a sound and robust understanding of the mineral and/or rock system.