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Extending the age range of optical dating using single 'supergrains' of quartz

Yoshida, H; Roberts, RG; Olley, JM; Laslett, GM; Galbraith, RF; (2000) Extending the age range of optical dating using single 'supergrains' of quartz. RADIATION MEASUREMENTS , 32 (5-6) 439 - 446.

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Abstract

Luminescence dating methods have been used to obtain reliable age estimates for quartz sediments deposited within the last 500 ka, but it has proven difficult to extend the age range much beyond this limit. Here we report the results of a study of individual quartz grains from Australian sedimentary deposits that range in age from similar to 250 to similar to 950 ka. A small number of the grains examined are strongly luminescent and saturate at unusually high doses. These 'supergrains' may permit, reliable age determination to 1 Ma, and possibly beyond. Some other grains are in, or close to, dose-saturation, so that only minimum age estimates may be obtained. Most of the grains examined are very weakly luminescent and have palaeodoses much less than expected, while the palaeodoses of some grains cannot be estimated because of anomalous dose-response characteristics. We offer some possible explanations for the behaviour of aberrant grains. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type:Article
Title:Extending the age range of optical dating using single 'supergrains' of quartz
Location:ROME, ITALY
Keywords:JINMIUM ROCK SHELTER, STIMULATED LUMINESCENCE, NORTHERN AUSTRALIA, MULTIPLE GRAINS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, DUNE SEQUENCE, SEDIMENTS, KA
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Statistical Science

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