Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
Geochronology, 3, 49–58, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gchron-3-49-2021
Geochronology, 3, 49–58, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gchron-3-49-2021
Research article
18 Jan 2021
Research article | 18 Jan 2021

Novel method for determining 234U–238U ages of Devils Hole 2 cave calcite (Nevada)

Xianglei Li et al.

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In this study, we built a statistical model to determine the initial δ234U in submerged calcite crusts that coat the walls of Devils Hole 2 (DH2) cave (Nevada, USA) and, using a 234U–238U dating method, extended the chronology of the calcite deposition beyond previous well-established 230Th ages and determined the oldest calcite deposited in this cave, a time marker for cave genesis. The novel method presented here may be used in future speleothem studies in similar hydrogeological settings.