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The potassium-argon method is attractive for dating volcanics since it can be applied to rocks of Pleistocene age and older, thus encompassing important periods of general volcanic activity.However it has been found that dates obtained on whole rocks and on included minerals frequently show gross discordances.Radioactivity was discovered in 1896 by French physicist Henri Becquerel.By 1907 study of the decay products of uranium (lead and intermediate radioactive elements that decay to lead) demonstrated to B. Boltwood that the lead/uranium ratio in uranium minerals increased with geologic age and might provide a geological dating tool.
All radioactive atoms decay to become a more stable kind of atom.
We have found that gas released from such inclusions by crushing contains radiogenic argon, and that the constituent minerals give very old potassium-argon ages (circa 800 million years).
Similar gaseous inclusions have been noted in a variety of other lava phenocrysts, and their presence in a dated sample may produce an anomalous old age.
The Newer Volcanic Province extends near-continuously from Melbourne, to the Mt Burr Range in South Australia.
It contains the youngest volcanoes in Australia (e.g.
All rocks and minerals contain long-lived radioactive elements that were incorporated into Earth when the Solar System formed.