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Part 2 - Test the age correction

Will the difference between the initial and measured isotopic ratios be negligible for the samples in our dataset? We need to test this assumption before proceeding further. In order to do this, you will search your dataset for the sample with the largest Rb/Sr, and determine how its 87Sr/86Sr ratio would have changed over 5 million years. Since this result was chosen to maximize the radiogenic growth of 87Sr compared to the other samples in the dataset, if it results in a change which is below the analytical precision of Sr isotopic analyses, our assumption of a neglible age correction will prove valid for the entire dataset.

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