Potential of quartz OSL dating on moraine deposits from eastern Tibetan Plateau using SAR protocol

XianJiao Ou, LiuBing Xu, ZhongPing Lai*, Hao Long, Zhong He, QiShun Fan, ShangZhe Zhou

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Abstract

Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating methods have been widely applied in Quaternary glaciology. However, glacigenic deposits are considered in general as problematic for OSL dating, mainly because they are transported shorter distances prior to burial and are usually partially bleached. Thus, most researchers choose glaciofluvial and glaciolacustrine sediments (with relatively longer transportation times) for OSL dating when constraining the age of glaciation. In this study, four samples were collected from a lateral moraine series at Zhuqing Village, northern margin of Queer Shan Mountain, eastern Tibetan Plateau, in order to investigate the applicability of OSL dating for morainic deposits. Quartz grains (38-63 mu m) were extracted and measured using single aliquot regenerative-dose (SAR) protocol. Internal checks and dose recovery test show that the SAR protocol is appropriate for equivalent dose (D(e)) determination. The effect of thermal transfer is small for all samples and the recycling ratio for each individual sample is close to unity. The symmetry in the D(e) distributions indicates that quartz grains were well-bleached prior to burial. OSL ages show good agreement with geomorphological and field investigations, and are also concordant with an independent ESR age. It is concluded that: (a) the morainic deposits in Zhuqing were well-bleached and suitable for OSL dating: (b) SAR protocol can be applied to morainic deposits for samples under study. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalQuaternary Geochronology
Volume5
Issue number2-3
Early online date21 Feb 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2010
Event12th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance - Beijing
Duration: 18 Sept 200822 Sept 2008

Keywords

  • Moraine deposits
  • Luminescence dating
  • Quartz OSL
  • Eastern Tibetan Plateau
  • OPTICALLY STIMULATED LUMINESCENCE
  • REGENERATIVE-DOSE PROTOCOL
  • LATE QUATERNARY GLACIATION
  • CHINESE LOESS
  • GROWTH-CURVE
  • GLACIOFLUVIAL SEDIMENTS
  • NORTHERN PAKISTAN
  • THERMAL TRANSFER
  • SINGLE GRAINS
  • PLEISTOCENE

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