Argon argon dating
Because radiometric dating utterly refutes their biblical interpretations, young-Earth creationists (YECs) are desperate to undermine the reliability of these dating methods. As part of their efforts, YECs clearly believe that they can discredit K-Ar dating if they can show that excess argon routinely enters rocks and minerals as they form.
The NERC Argon Isotope Facility (AIF) is funded by competitive bid through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Services and Facilities.
As part of his seminal work on excess argon, Dalrymple (1969) dated 26 historical lava flows with K-Ar to determine whether excess argon was present.
Of the 26 lava flows that were sampled and analyzed, 18 of them gave expected results. Eight rocks yielded unrealistic dates, which were either too old because of the presence of excess 40Ar (5 of them) or too young (negative ages) because of the presence of excess 36Ar (3 of them).
The British Geological Survey administers the NERC Earth Science Sector Services & Facilities and details of the application process (and downloadable application form and guidance notes) can be found via the link below. One of the principal tasks of the AIF is to train the next generation of scientists (Ph D students and project PIs) who undertake extensive programmes of argon isotope analyses resulting from NIGFSC approved projects.
NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities Next NIGFSC deadline: 30 March 2016 Please contact Dr Darren Mark directly to discuss projects and future research collaborations (Darren.