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“It’s planes would be useless and the whole basis of a carrier task force would be redundant.” A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence told The fears come as tensions between the West and Russia remain at their highest since the end of the Cold War.
Earlier this month, the first of 800 UK troops were deployed to Estonia as part of a Nato plan to bolster the military strength of member states who share a border with Russia.
Counting the number of lead isotopes is how scientists date the crystals.
But as the uranium kicks out lead atoms, the radioactive decay releases alpha particles, which can damage the crystals, creating defects.
The Australian zircons, from the Jack Hills, aren't the oldest rocks on Earth — those are in Canada — but about 3 billion years ago, the minerals eroded out some of Earth's first continental crust and became part of a riverbed.
Geologists have carefully sorted out more than 100,000 microscopic Jack Hills zircons that date back to Earth's early epochs, from 3 billion to nearly 4.4 billion years ago.
This mobility can throw off the lead isotope count used to calculate the zircon ages, and is the source of the decades-long controversy over the Jack Hills zircons' Methuselah lifespan.