Journal article

FISSION-TRACK DATING OF PUMICE FROM KBS TUFF, EAST RUDOLF, KENYA

AJ HURFORD, AJW GLEADOW, CW NAESER

NATURE | MACMILLAN MAGAZINES LTD | Published : 1976

Abstract

Fission-track dating of zircon separated from two pumice samples from the KBS Tuff in the Koobi Fora Formation, in Area 131, East Rudolf, Kenya, gives an age of 2.44±0.08 Myr for the eruption of the pumice. This result is compatible with the previously published K-Ar and 40Ar/ 39Ar age spectrum estimate of 2.61±0.26 Myr for the KBS Tuff in Area 105, but differs from the more recently published K-Ar date of 1.82±0.04 Myr for the KBS Tuff in Area 131. This study does not support the suggestion that pumice cobbles of different ages occur in the KBS Tuff. © 1976 Nature Publishing Group.

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