potassium-argon

po·tas·si·um-ar·gon

(pə-tăs′ē-əm-är′gŏn′)
adj.
Of, relating to, or being a geologic dating method relying on the percentage of potassium in a specimen that has radioactively decayed to argon.
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One technique, potassium-argon dating, determines the age of a rock sample by measuring how much argon gas it contains.
In Stewart Valley, Nevada, a lake occupied the basin approximately 15 million years ago, as determined by potassium-argon dates, plant-, and mammalian biostratigraphy.
Students should be able to date their fossil using both relative and absolute dating, communicate the constraints and requirements of each method, and describe how and why potassium-argon dating of volcanic ash works.
Beyond that point, chapter by chapter, he leapfrogs his prehistoric report by orders of magnitude of years, tackling potassium-argon dating and the ages of fossil hominids, molecular dating and divergence times for mammalian lineages, meteorites and the age of the solar system, and the use of color-magnitude diagrams for assessing ages of collections of stars.
Using potassium-argon dating, (15) initial dates were around 2.5 million years close to a then-current model based on evolutionary expectations and other fossil findings.
Finally, a glass concentrate from this ash was prepared and analyzed by a commercial laboratory using the Potassium-Argon method to obtain an age for the sample.
Potassium-argon measurements on the Palisades Sill, New Jersey.
The uranium-lead, potassium-argon, and radium- strontium techniques are based on the unjustifiable assumptions that they were in a closed system, had constant decay rates, and no decay-produced elements to start.
Common examples are potassium-argon, argon/argon, rubidium-strontium, uranium-lead, thorium-lead, radiocarbon, fission-track, thermoluminescence, and cosmogenic isotope methods.
47) a study of Hawaiian basaltic lavas which were 'scientifically' dated, by the potassium-argon method, at 160 million-3 billion years old, but which were actually formed in a volcanic eruption in 1801.
The first radiometric dating method for rocks more than one million years old was the potassium-argon method.

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