Searle et al. (2010) present significant new evidence regarding the eruption chronology of the Homs Basalt, which adjoins the Misyaf Fault, part of the northern Dead Sea Fault Zone in western Syria. Their Ar–Ar date of 3.7 ± 0.1 Ma for the youngest basalt east of this fault, at Jebel Barshin, significantly post-dates any previously published; hitherto, the youngest numerical date for any part of the Homs Basalt has been 4.8 ± 0.2 Ma (Sharkov et al. 1994). Searle et al. (2010) also report a 4.0 ± 0.1 Ma Ar–Ar date for a basalt outlier west...

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