When muscovite (a common mineral in crustal rocks) is heated to 740°-860°C under high Ar pressures for periods of 3 to 10.5 hours it absorbs significant quantities of Ar, producing K-Ar "ages" of up to 5 billion years, and the absorbed Ar is indistinguishable from radiogenic argon ( In other experiments muscovite was synthesized from a colloidal gel under similar temperatures and Ar pressures, the resultant muscovite retaining up to 0.5 wt% Ar at 640°C and a vapor pressure of 4,000 atmospheres.
This is approximately 2,500 times as much Ar as is found in natural muscovite.
Potassium–Argon dating or K–Ar dating is a radiometric dating method used in geochronology and archaeology.
It is based on measurement of the product of the radioactive decay of an isotope of potassium (K) into argon (Ar).
Now, for the first time, researchers have successfully determined the age of a Martian rock—with experiments performed on Mars.
Thus all K-Ar and Ar-Ar "dates" of crustal rocks are questionable, as well as fossil "dates" calibrated by them.
Critical to these dating methods is the assumption that there was no radiogenic argon ( Hualalai basalt, Hawaii (AD 1800-1801) 1.6±0.16 Ma; 1.41±0.08 Ma Mt. Stromboli, Italy, volcanic bomb (September 23, 1963) 2.4±2 Ma Mt.
Etna basalt, Sicily (May 1964) 0.7±0.01 Ma Medicine Lake Highlands obsidian, Glass Mountains, California ( in the 1800-1801 Hualalai flow, Hawaii, resided in fluid and gaseous inclusions in olivine, plagioclase, and pyroxene in ultramafic xenoliths in the basalt, and was sufficient to yield "ages" of 2.6 Ma to 2960 Ma.
Thus under certain conditions Ar can be incorporated into minerals which are supposed to exclude Ar when they crystallize. envisage noble gases from the mantle (and the atmosphere) migrating and circulating through the crust, so there should be evidence of excess in crustal rocks and their constituent minerals could well be the norm rather than the exception.
Dalrymple, referring to metamorphism and melting of rocks in the crust, has commented: "If the rock is heated or melted at some later time, then some or all the In a recent study 128 Ar isotopic analyses were obtained from ten profiles across biotite grains in high-grade metamorphic rocks, and apparent Ar-Ar "ages" within individual grains ranged from 161Ma-514Ma.