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Comparison between luminescence and radiocarbon dating of late Quaternary loess from the Ili Basin in Central Asia
Song, YouGui ; Lai, ZhongPing ; Li, Yun ; Chen, Tao ; Wang, YiXuan
2015-10-01
Source PublicationQUATERNARY GEOCHRONOLOGY
AbstractDust depositions are critical archives for understanding interior aridification and westerly climatic changes in Central Asia. Accurate and reliable dating of loess is very important for interpreting and correlating environmental records. There remains a disparity between luminescence ages and radiocarbon dating of late Quaternary loess from the Ili Basin in Central Asia. In this study, we establish a closely spaced quartz optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) chronology for the 20.5-m-thick Nilka loess section in the Ili Basin. Based on OSL ages, two intervals of higher mass accumulation rate occurred at 49-43 ka and 24-14 ka. We further compare these OSL ages with 23 accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) C-14 ages of bulk organic matter. The results indicate that the OSL and radiocarbon ages agree well for ages younger than ca. 25 C-14 cal ka BP. However, beyond 30 cal ka BP, there is no consistent increase in AMS C-14 age with depth, while the OSL ages continue to increase. These differences confirm the observation that the AMS C-14 ages obtained using conventional acid-base-acid (ABA) pretreatment are severely underestimated in other terrestrial deposits in Central Asia, which could be due to 2-4% modern carbon contamination. However, OSL dating is applicable for constructing an accurate chronology beyond 30 cal ka BP. We suggest caution when interpreting paleoenvironmental changes based on radiocarbon ages older than 25 cal ka BP. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.isl.ac.cn/handle/363002/7126
Collection中国科学院青海盐湖研究所
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Song, YouGui,Lai, ZhongPing,Li, Yun,et al. Comparison between luminescence and radiocarbon dating of late Quaternary loess from the Ili Basin in Central Asia[J]. QUATERNARY GEOCHRONOLOGY,2015.
APA Song, YouGui,Lai, ZhongPing,Li, Yun,Chen, Tao,&Wang, YiXuan.(2015).Comparison between luminescence and radiocarbon dating of late Quaternary loess from the Ili Basin in Central Asia.QUATERNARY GEOCHRONOLOGY.
MLA Song, YouGui,et al."Comparison between luminescence and radiocarbon dating of late Quaternary loess from the Ili Basin in Central Asia".QUATERNARY GEOCHRONOLOGY (2015).
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