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In practice, I'm not sure how one would calibrate this for rocks.
I've always been told that we can determine rocks' formation time via radiometric dating.
Suppose you take a 1 Gya rock, melt it in a furnace, and then let it re-freeze.
Because of the fairly fast decay rate of carbon-14, it can only be used on material up to about 60,000 years old.Another example is luminescence dating, which measures the energy from radioactive decay that is trapped inside nearby crystals.I understand well how radiometric dating works in theory.Geologists choose a dating method that suits the materials available in their rocks. Measuring isotopes is particularly useful for dating igneous and some metamorphic rock, but not sedimentary rock.
Sedimentary rock is made of particles derived from other rocks, so measuring isotopes would date the original rock material, not the sediments they have ended up in.These use radioactive minerals in rocks as geological clocks.