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So we can apply the same technique to speleothems as we do to zircons.

We can exploit our double system of Pb ratios on another (similar, though not identical, to what we did when constructing isochron diagrams).

But of course for isochron dating we need more than one mineral; zircons alone would not be enough.

For this reason we expect zircons, when formed, to contain some uranium, but virtually no lead.

A speleothem, more colloquially known as a cave formation, is formed when minerals dissolved in water precipitate out of the water as it drips, seeps, or flows into a cave.

The reader will probably be familiar with stalagmites and stalagtites; more speleothems are shown in the photograph to the right.

Now since all rocks are somewhat porous, and since we are pretty much obliged to date rocks from near the surface, it's hard to find instances in which uranium has not been lost.

; as you can see from its chemical formula, it is one of the silicate minerals.