2001 年 30 巻 5 号 p. 237-240
Whole-rock K-Ar dating for a basaltic andesite lava from the Uegusukudake Formation in Kume-jima, Central Ryukyu Arc, yields age of 2.13±0.19 Ma. The sample dated is from the middle horizon of the Formation. This age is compatible with recently published K-Ar ages of 2.76±0.48 and 2.24±0.10 Ma for a picrite basalt from the lowest part and an andesite from the upper part of the Formation, respectively. The age, however, is inconsistent with the previously reported K-Ar ages of 5.5 and 4.6 Ma. The result is also concordant with ages estimated from Sr isotopic ratios for molluscan fossils (∼3.2-3.1 Ma) for the Aka Formation underlying the Uegusukudake Formation. This result suggests that tholeiitic basalts and basaltic andesites erupted after the eruption of picrite basalts with a short time interval at the late Pliocene.