Lead has the highest atomic number of any stable element and concludes three major decay chains of heavier elements.
Lead is a relatively unreactive post-transition metal.
Exceptions are mostly limited to organolead compounds.
Like the lighter members of the group, lead tends to bond with itself; it can form chains, rings and polyhedral structures.
Uranium–lead dating and lead–lead dating on this meteorite allowed refinement of the age of the Earth to 4.55 billion ± 70 million years.
Apart from the stable isotopes, which make up almost all lead that exists naturally, there are trace quantities of a few radioactive isotopes.
As uranium decays into lead, their relative amounts change; this is the basis for uranium–lead dating.
The Holsinger meteorite, the largest piece of the Canyon Diablo meteorite.
Galena, a principal ore of lead, often bears silver, interest in which helped initiate widespread extraction and use of lead in ancient Rome.Their isotopic concentration in a natural rock sample depends greatly on the presence of these three parent uranium and thorium isotopes.For example, the relative abundance of lead-208 can range from 52% in normal samples to 90% in thorium ores; As time passes, the ratio of lead-206 and lead-207 to lead-204 increases, since the former two are supplemented by radioactive decay of heavier elements while the latter is not; this allows for lead–lead dating.The four stable isotopes of lead could theoretically undergo alpha decay to isotopes of mercury with a release of energy, but this has not been observed for any of them; their predicted half-lives range from 10 Three of the stable isotopes are found in three of the four major decay chains: lead-206, lead-207, and lead-208 are the final decay products of uranium-238, uranium-235, and thorium-232, respectively.
These decay chains are called the uranium series, the actinium series, and the thorium series.In lead, the inert pair effect increases the separation between its s- and p-orbitals, and the gap cannot be overcome by the energy that would be released by extra bonds following hybridization.