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Age limits on Middle Pleistocene glacial sediments from OSL dating, north Norfolk, UK

Pawley, S.M.; Bailey, R.J.; Rose, J.; Moorlock, Brian; Hamblin, R.; Booth, Stephen; Lee, Jonathan. 2008 Age limits on Middle Pleistocene glacial sediments from OSL dating, north Norfolk, UK. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27 (13-14). 1363-1377. 10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.02.013

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Abstract/Summary

The lowland region of north Norfolk contains some of the best preserved evidence for glacial deposition during the Middle Pleistocene in northwest Europe. Despite the importance of these deposits, there is limited chronological control and it is debated whether they belong to a single glaciation, equated to the Anglian Glaciation (Marine Isotope Stage 12), or represent deposition over a number of Middle Pleistocene cold stages. In order to develop an improved chronology for glaciation in this region, we obtained 18 samples for optical stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating from glacial outwash facies. Samples of coarse-grained quartz sand were measured using the SAR (single aliquot regenerative-dose) protocol. The low radioactive isotope concentrations in sediments of this region enable the traditionally accepted age limit of luminescence dating to be extended. The form of the dose response curves, pre-heat plateaux tests, and dose recovery experiments also indicate that laboratory doses can be reliably measured in these samples. Age overestimation due to partial bleaching is thought to be insignificant. The OSL ages suggest that the glacial sediments studied were deposited during MIS 12 rather than in different post MIS 12 stages.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.02.013
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2008 > Geology and Landscape England
ISSN: 0277-3791
Additional Keywords: Glacial sediments, Glaciation, Middle Pleistocene, Norfolk
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 31 Oct 2008 16:08
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4775

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