Most accurate form of radiometric dating
For these reasons, if a rock strata contains zircon, running a uranium-lead test on a zircon sample will produce a radiometric dating result that is less dependent on the initial quantity problem.
Another assumption is that the rate of decay is constant over long periods of time.
Zircon has a very high closure temperature, is very chemically inert, and is resistant to mechanical weathering.
Radiometric dating is a method of determining the age of an artifact by assuming that on average decay rates have been constant (see below for the flaws in that assumption) and measuring the amount of radioactive decay that has occurred.
Radiometric dating is mostly used to determine the age of rocks, though a particular form of radiometric dating—called Radiocarbon dating—can date wood, cloth, skeletons, and other organic material.
The Be nucleus (Beryllium-7) is an electron capturer with a half-life of about 53 days, turning into Lithium-7. While this half-life is way too short to be useful for radiometric dating, the effect of the chemical state is noticeable.
The reason is that, because the atomic number is only four, the 2s valence electrons are very close to the 1s electrons involved in capture.
This is an example of the Weak force, and is fairly rare.