Optical dating of young glacial sediments from the source area of the Urumqi River in Tianshan Mountians, northwestern China

Xianjiao Ou, Zhongping Lai, Shangzhe Zhou, Rong Chen, Lanhua Zeng

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Abstract

Incomplete bleaching, which will lead to overestimation of age, still remains one of the most significant problems in luminescence dating on glacial sediments. In order to test the bleachability of luminescence signals of mountain glacial sediments, nineteen young samples from different geomorphological positions and different sediment settings, in the source area of the Urumqi River in Tianshan Mountains, a key area of Quaternary glaciation study in China, were collected and dated using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating methods. Equivalent dose (De) was determined by quartz SAR-SGC procedures. Results show that most of the samples suffer from varying degrees of overestimation. In general, glaciofluvial and lateral moraine till samples show relatively low residual doses (0–20.5 Gy); while subglacial tills, tills from terminal moraines, ground moraines and hummocky moraines, show higher residual doses (22.4–205.6 Gy). Reworked loessic sediments exhibit surprisingly high residual doses (24.1 and 46.5 Gy). Glaciofluvial and materials from lateral moraine (upper part) are recommended when sampling, whereas those from subglacial tills, terminal moraines, ground moraines and hummocky moraines should be avoided
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-20
Number of pages9
JournalQuaternary International
Volume358
Early online date11 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 09 Feb 2015

Keywords

  • OSL dating
  • Mountain glacier
  • Young glacial sediments
  • Residual dose
  • Urumqi River
  • Tianshan Mountains
  • LATE QUATERNARY GLACIATIONS
  • QINGHAI-TIBETAN PLATEAU
  • TIEN-SHAN
  • NO. 1
  • GLACIOFLUVIAL SEDIMENTS
  • PALEOCLIMATIC CHANGE
  • THERMAL TRANSFER
  • SOUTHERN NORWAY
  • CENTRAL-ASIA
  • OSL SIGNALS

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