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Despite this application mainly being associated with the economic extraction of minerals, it can be employed by the oil and gas industry to date the formation of disseminated sulphide minerals within basement rocks and so the basement itself.

Moreover, when these minerals are found in fractures it can be used to provide a minimum date for when the fracture network was open.

Osmium (from Greek ὀσμή osme, "smell") is a chemical element with symbol Os and atomic number 76.

It is a hard, brittle, bluish-white transition metal in the platinum group that is found as a trace element in alloys, mostly in platinum ores.

This toxic compound is formed when powdered osmium is exposed to air.

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