decay chain

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decay chain

n.
A sequence of radioactive decay processes in which the decay of one element creates a new element that may itself be radioactive, and continuing until the sequence ends with stable, nonradioactive atoms.
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The partitioning U and Th decay series radionuclides in Marcellus Shale liquid wastes is a function of elemental geochemical behavior--linked with key biogeochemical features of the formation.
Applications of organic N material should be timed to provide mineralized N when it will be needed by the crop, a condition that is hard to evaluate using decay series.