Although part of the same curvilinear trend, the Zambian Copperbelt deposits, are hosted by non-evaporitic, rift facies siliciclastic rocks that are not temporally or lithologically equivalent to the mainly carbonate hosts of the Congolese Copperbelt.
In addition, the structural architecture in Zambia is characterised by thrusted Palaeo- to Mesoproterozoic metamorphic basement inliers and folded Neoproterozoic sedimentary host rocks, in contrast to the thin skinned deformation of the hosts in the DRC, without involvement of basement.
Radiometric dating--the process of determining the age of rocks from the decay of their radioactive elements--has been in widespread use for over half a century.
There are over forty such techniques, each using a different radioactive element or a different way of measuring them.
The succeeding sag phase Upper Roan Subgroup, is dominantly made up platformal mixed carbonate and clastic rocks, but also included a 500 m) evaporite/salt bed deposited in a restricted sub-basin, separated from the open sea by a stromatolitic reef.
Many are also unaware that Bible-believing Christians are among those actively involved in radiometric dating.
Mineralisation within the Central African Copperbelt is hosted within the Neoproterozoic Katanga Supergroup, an intracontinental rift basin sequence, comprising the Roan, Nguba and Kundelungu groups.
A period of extension commenced after ~900 Ma, and in Zambia, the sedimentary sequence began after 880 Ma, with the Lower Roan Subgroup oxidised rift facies clastic rocks, deposited in a series of restricted sub-basins controlled by extensional normal faults, including the thin reduced argillites of the Copperbelt Orebody Member near the middle of the unit.
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It has become increasingly clear that these radiometric dating techniques agree with each other and as a whole, present a coherent picture in which the Earth was created a very long time ago.