Dating young volcanic rocks
These lavas are all alkalic and are from the preshield stage of volcanism.
These ages yield lava accumulation rates that increase from 3.5 mm/a for the dominantly alkalic lower section to 7.8 mm/a for the predominantly tholeiitic upper part of the volcano.
These values are consistent with those obtained for other Hawaiian volcanoes.
The duration of the transition from tholeiitic to alkalic lava during the preshield stage is about 17 to 40 ka, which is similar to the tholeiitc to alkalic transition during the postshield stage of Hawaiian volcanism.
This is not only true for recent and young volcanics, but for ancient volcanics such as the Middle Proterozoic Cardenas Basalt of eastern Grand Canyon. In conclusion, the fact that all the primordial argon has not been released yet from the earth's deep interior is consistent with a young Earth.
Also, when samples of volcanic rocks are analyzed for K-Ar and Ar-Ar "dating," the investigators can never really be sure therefore that whatever K since their formation, or whether some or all of it came from the mantle with the magmas. Weis, "Helium, Neon and Argon Isotope Systematics in Kerguelen Ultramafic Xenoliths: Implications for Mantle Source Signatures," S.
The results indicate that high-quality ages can be measured on young, mafic volcanic rocks using either the K-Ar or the 40Ar/39Ar technique.The total duration of the preshield stage of Hawaiian volcanism is estimated to be at least 250,000 years, which is more than twice previous estimates.The overall length of magmatic activity, for a typical Hawaiian volcano is now estimated to be ~ 1.4 Ma.K-Ar and 40Ar/39Ar ages have been measured on nine mafic volcanic rocks younger than 1 myr from the Snake River Plain (Idaho), Mount Adams (Washington), and Crater Lake (Oregon).The K-Ar ages were calculated from Ar measurements made by isotope dilution and K2O measurements by flame photometry.
For more than three decades potassium-argon (K-Ar) and argon-argon (Ar-Ar) dating of rocks has been crucial in underpinning the billions of years for Earth history claimed by evolutionists. Lassen plagioclase, California (AD 1915) 0.11±0.03 Ma Sunset Crater basalt, Arizona (AD 1064-1065) 0.27±0.09 Ma; 0.25±0.15 Ma Akka Water Fall flow, Hawaii (Pleistocene) 32.3±7.2 Ma Kilauea Iki basalt, Hawaii (AD 1959) 8.5±6.8 Ma Mt.