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Luminescence properties and dating of proglacial sediments from northern Switzerland

Daniela Mueller1, Frank Preusser1, Marius W. Buechi2, Lukas Gegg2, and Gaudenz Deplazes3 Daniela Mueller et al.
  • 1Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Freiburg, 79104 Freiburg, Germany
  • 2Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
  • 3NAGRA - Nationale Genossenschaft für die Lagerung radioaktiver Abfälle, 5430 Wettingen, Switzerland

Abstract. Luminescence dating has become a pillar of the understanding of Pleistocene glacial advances in the northern foreland of the Swiss Alps. However, both quartz and feldspar from the region are equally challenging as dosimeters with anomalous fading, partial bleaching and unstable components being some of the obstacles to overcome. In this study, luminescence properties of coarse- and fine-grained quartz, feldspar and polymineral fractions of eight samples from a palaeovalley, Rinikerfeld, in northern Switzerland are assessed and found appropriate for dating. While anomalous fading of the IRSL signal of the feldspar and polymineral fraction is observed, fading corrected coarse-grained feldspar ages are consistent with those derived from quartz. In general, coarse-grained quartz and feldspar as well as the fine-grained polymineral fractions are in agreement and present negligible evidence for partial bleaching. However, ages derived from fine-grained quartz are found to underestimate those of the coarse-grained quartz fractions. Impact of total dose rate on finite ages was assessed but age underestimation is likely due to grain size dependent luminescence properties. The top six samples indicate sedimentation of at least 16.6 m during Marine Isotope Stage 6 with a rapid transition from a lacustrine environment to a landscape dominated by colluvial deposits. For the two lowest samples, no finite ages are derived.

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Luminescence properties of samples from the northern foreland of the Swiss Alps are assessed. While signal loss is observed for the feldspar and polymineral, correction leads to feldspar ages that are consistent with those derived from quartz. In general, ages of the coarse-grained quartz and feldspar as well as the fine-grained polymineral fractions are in agreement. Ages indicate sedimentation of ca. 17 m during MIS 6 with a rapid transition from a lacustrine to a colluvial landscape.
Luminescence properties of samples from the northern foreland of the Swiss Alps are assessed....
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