Radioactive decay schemes

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Can you name the radioactive decay schemes commonly used in dating?

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Parent nucleusDaughter nucleusDecay type
14-Cbeta decay (electron emission)
26-Albeta decay (positron emission) or electron capture
40-Kbeta decay (electron emission)
40-Kbeta decay (positron emission)
87-Rbbeta decay (electron emission)
129-Ibeta decay (electron emission)
147-Smalpha decay
182-Hf2 beta-minus decay steps
187-Rebeta decay (electron emission)
234-Ualpha decay
235-U7 alpha decay steps
238-U8 alpha decay steps

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