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closure temperature


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The temperature at which a rock that is cooling ceases to exchange the products of radioactive decay with the surrounding material. It is the temperature at which the rock becomes a closed system, and since the rock henceforth retains radioactive decay products it can be dated radiometrically from the time it cooled to the closure temperature.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.


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