If minerals are used for dating, the necessary checks on the ages are achieved by analyzing samples from more than one location and by analyzing different grain sizes or mineral types that respond differently to disturbing events.
It can be said that minerals provide a high degree of sample integrity that can be predicted on the basis of experience gained through numerous investigations under a variety of geologic conditions.
The progressive increase in the abundance of daughter isotopes over time gains a special significance where the parent element is preferentially enriched in either the mantle or the crust. In contrast, modern volcanic rocks in the oceans imply that much of the mantle has a value between about 0.703 and 0.705.
Should crustal material be recycled, the strontium isotopic signature of the melt would be diagnostic.
If a simple mineral is widespread in the geologic record, it is more valuable for dating as more units can be measured for age and compared by the same method.