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Project Introduction D5 – OSL Dating

Constraining the Pleistocene environmental history of the Atacama: Extending the age range of luminescence dating

The D05 project uses optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating, a technique that informs about the timing of sediment deposition, to provide chronological constraints for landscape and climate evolution of the Atacama Desert. By applying OSL dating, temporal patterns for geomorphologic and climatic changes deduced from sediment records such as alluvial fans, clay pans or hillslope deposits can be established. This includes the application of conventional OSL dating approaches as well as the development of new techniques that enable to target sediments which can as yet not be dated.

Due to the high age of the Atacama Desert many sediment records exceed the age range of conventional OSL dating. Therefore, a special focus of project D05 is the development of new techniques that can extend the conventional age range of OSL dating. The innovative technique investigated in this project is optically stimulated luminescence  dating using violet stimulation (VSL), which will allow to date much older sediments than can be achieved using the techniques available until now.

We are among the first to further advance and apply this specific dating technique (VSL dating). It gives information on geomorphologic structures and climatic events in the Atacama Desert that so far could not be dated by any other approach.

 

Contact

Prof. Dr. Helmut Brückner
Phone +49 (0)221 470-1724
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Since sunlight effects the luminescence signal, any form of light exposure must be avoided during sample collection in the field. In order to avoid sunlight exposure of the sediments from the 50 m drill core, samples from core barrels were collected in a completely lightproof tent next to the drill location using head lights equipped with red light (which does not affect the luminescence signal). Extremely hot temperatures in this tent due to strong insolation and missing ventilation were challenging.

Pressen Eulychnia TBoehnert TB011954 1 350px Photo: D. Brill

 

Pressen Eulychnia TBoehnert TB011954 1 350pxPhoto: D. Brill

 

Pressen Eulychnia TBoehnert TB011954 1 350px Photo: Georgina King

 

Pressen Eulychnia TBoehnert TB011954 1 350pxPhoto: Georgina King


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  Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Tibor J. Dunai
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne
Zülpicher Str. 49b | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-3229 | tdunai@uni-koeln.de
  Managing Director:
Christian Tiede
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne

Zülpicher Str. 49b | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-89833 | christian.tiede@uni-koeln.de
       
  Deputy Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Martin Melles
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne

Zülpicher Str. 49a | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-2262 | mmelles@uni-koeln.de
  Webmaster:
Tim Schlüter
Institute of Geography | University of Cologne

Otto-Fischer-Str. 4 | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-3735 | webmaster@sfb1211.de

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