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They continue to decay going through various transitional states until they finally reach stability. It will spontaneously decay until it transitions into Lead-206 (Pb206).The numbers 238 and 206 represent these isotopes' atomic mass.When Rutherford announced his findings it soon became clear that Earth is millions of years old.These scientists and many more after them discovered that atoms of uranium, radium and several other radioactive materials are unstable and disintegrate spontaneously and consistently forming atoms of different elements and emitting radiation, a form of energy in the process.
(This is consistent with the geologic 'age' assigned to the granites in which these zircons are found.) There is a significant amount of helium from that '1.5 billion years of decay' still inside the zircons.Dr Carl Wieland summarizes the recent findings: "When uranium decays to lead, a by-product of this process is the formation of helium, a very light, inert gas which readily escapes from rock.Certain crystals called zircons, obtained from drilling into very deep granites, contain uranium which has partly decayed into lead.Drawing any conclusions from the above depends, of course, on actually measuring the rate at which helium leaks out of zircons. The consistent answer: the helium does indeed seep out quickly over a wide range of temperatures.This is what one of the recent RATE  papers reports on. In fact, the results show that because of all the helium still in the zircons, these crystals (and since this is Precambrian basement granite, by implication the whole earth) could not be older than between 4,000 and 14,000 years.