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The longest-lived radioisotopes of lead (82Pb) are 205Pb with a half-life of 17.3 million years and 202Pb with a half-life of 52,500 years. A shorter-lived naturally occurring radioisotope, 210Pb with a half-life of 22.2 years, is useful for studying the sedimentation chronology of environmental samples on time scales shorter than 100 years.

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5 minute measurement with a High Purity Germanium (HPGe) radiation detector.

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Isotope: Lead
Mass number: 210
Atomic number: 82
Neutron number: 128

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