If so, then the K-Ar and Ar-Ar "dating" of crustal rocks would be similarly questionable.
When muscovite (a common mineral in crustal rocks) is heated to 740°-860°C under high Ar pressures for periods of 3 to 10.5 hours it absorbs significant quantities of Ar, producing K-Ar "ages" of up to 5 billion years, and the absorbed Ar is indistinguishable from radiogenic argon ( In other experiments muscovite was synthesized from a colloidal gel under similar temperatures and Ar pressures, the resultant muscovite retaining up to 0.5 wt% Ar at 640°C and a vapor pressure of 4,000 atmospheres.
is known to cause grave problems in regional geochronology studies.
An Ar-Ar "dating" study of high-grade metamorphic rocks in the Broken Hill region (New South Wales) found widely distributed excess will always be retained in those trapping sites in minerals where it is "held" more tightly.
A viable interpretation of these Broken Hill data was only produced because assumptions were made about the age of the rocks and of a presumed subsequent heating event (based on Pb-Pb and Rb-Sr dating), when it is conjectured that accumulated The six domains are physically distinct units which exhibit wide differences in average physical and chemical properties, as well as structure and tectonic behavior.
They are the lower mantle (below 670km), upper mantle, continental mantle lithosphere, oceanic mantle lithosphere, continental crust and oceanic crust, the latter four constituting the earth's crust. A steady-state upper mantle model has been proposed for mass transfer of rare gases, including Ar.
K since their formation, or if some or all of it came from the mantle or from other crustal rocks and minerals.