Guide to luminescence dating techniques and their application for paleoseismic research

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Edited by: William R. Lund



Over the past 25 years, luminescence dating has become a key tool for dating sediments of interest in paleoseismic research. The data obtained from luminescence dating has been used to determine timing of fault displacement, calculate slip rates, and estimate earthquake recurrence intervals. The flexibility of luminescence is a key complement to other chronometers such as radiocarbon or cosmogenic nuclides. Careful sampling and correct selection of sample sites exert two of the strongest controls on obtaining an accurate luminescence age. Factors such as partial bleaching and post-depositional mixing should be avoided during sampling and special measures may be needed to help correct for associated problems. Like all geochronologic techniques, context is necessary for interpreting and calculating luminescence results and this can be achieved by supplying participating labs with associated trench logs, photos, and stratigraphic locations of sample sites.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Guide to luminescence dating techniques and their application for paleoseismic research
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Utah Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center
Description 18 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Proceedings volume: Basin and range province seismic hazards summit III, 2015 (Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publication 15-5)
Public Comments Invited paper
Conference Title Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazards Summit III, 2015
Conference Location Salt Lake City, UT
Conference Date January 12-17, 2015