4 days ago
Okay guys, I know I’ve posted some pictures here and there but if you’re really interested in my projects final results here it is. This is one zircon grain, swipe and you can see about 30 of them total. We worked all summer long breaking down a 5 gallon bucket full of rocks to end with these zircons that are about the same size as a diameter of a piece of human hair. Shoutout to the geologists at Central Washington University as well as my mentors at Yakima Valley College for giving me an opportunity to do this. •
Why are these important??
When looking at the isotopic level of these we are able to see how much uranium has broken down into lead. It takes Uranium 238 4.46 billion years to break down to Lead 206. These small grains helped scientists date the worlds oldest rock(which is in Australia)! While we do not have the results yet it was still incredible to learn the process of separating minerals•
Overall I had a great time being apart of this research but I am SO glad to have a break. Today is my first official day of summer, I finished summer quarter yesterday and presented my research today. Over the next couple days I’ll be saying goodbye to everyone in my home town & moving on to my new home in Portland, Oregon!! I’ve been waiting for this for awhile so don’t be surprised if you guys are bombarded with posts of me starting my new life!!! ❤️💕 much love to everyone who has made these two years after high school worth while & not totally suck
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