Single grain optically stimulated luminescence dating of glacial sediments from the Baiyu Valley, southeastern Tibet

Xianjiao Ou, G. A. T. Duller, H. M. Roberts, ShangZhe Zhou, Z. P. Lai, Rong Chen, RenRong Chen, Lanhua Zeng

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Abstract

The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is an important area for the study of Quaternary glaciation. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating has the potential to contribute to the chronology of glaciation in this region, but it is important to assess the accuracy of OSL dating of these glacial sediments. In this study, single grain quartz OSL signals are examined for five glacial samples collected from the moraines outside the Baiyu Valley, southeastern Tibet. The quartz grains exhibit poor luminescence characteristics, with a small proportion of grains passing the screening criteria. Grains which pass the screening criteria have relatively low signal intensity, leading to De values with large uncertainties. MAM and CAM were used to determine De values for these samples. The OSL ages are consistent with the sequence of events derived from the geomorphological relationship of the samples, and also with previous published radiocarbon ages. However, it is more difficult to reconcile the OSL ages and the terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide (TCN) 10Be ages. Analysis of both single grain quartz OSL data and TCN 10Be data is complex in this area. Further work is required to increase confidence in the OSL ages generated for the glacial sediments from this region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-319
Number of pages6
JournalQuaternary Geochronology
Volume30
Issue numberB
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Glaciofluvial sediments
  • Incomplete bleaching
  • Minimum age model
  • Moraine
  • Nyainqentanglha range
  • OSL
  • Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
  • Quartz
  • Till

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