It is often used to date the time of formation and alteration of sedimentary landforms, which are important indicators of environmental change.
Optical dating can also be used to date any fossil or artefact buried within a sedimentary landform and, if an object has been exposed to sufficient heat (e.g., fired pottery), then it may be dated directly.
Xenotime (YPO) is an isotopically robust chronometer, which is increasingly being recognized as a trace constituent in siliciclastic sedimentary rocks.
The formation of diagenetic xenotime is principally related to redox cycling of Fe-oxyhydroxides and microbial decomposition of organic matter, leading to elevated concentrations of dissolved phosphate and rare earth elements (REE) in sediment pore-waters.
Introductions to Earth Science, Graphs and Equations. Radiocarbon dating is the technique upon which chronologies of the late Pleistocene and Holocene have been built. An introduction to the nature of fossils and paleoanthropological dating methods. This page provides a short tutorial leading through some steps that are required for obtaining U-Pb zircon ages.
This resource is designed to provide online information concerning the radiocarbon dating method. The University of Michigan: Global Change, Physical Processes: Global Change 1 Fall 2011 Schedule . Go to: Radioactive Dating, and Radioactive Half-Life. Dennis O'Neil, Behavioral Sciences Department, Palomar College, San Marcos, California: Record of time.
Photo by Jordan Eamer Hakai scholars Libby Griffin (MSc student, SFU/UFV) (left) and Jordan Bryce (BSc Honours student and research assistant, UFV) prepare sediments for optical dating research in Olav Lian’s Luminescence Dating Laboratory at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford.
Sediment samples (quartz and feldspar grains) must be prepared and measured under dim low-energy red or orange room light to avoid resetting their mineralogical “clocks” before they can be read.
A single-aliquot regenerative-dose (SAR) protocol was developed for K-feldspar sand from dune and beach environments through a series of experiments that took into account so-called “anomalous fading” (a malign effect experienced by K-feldspar where the luminescence “clock” loses time even when not exposed to sunlight or heat) and “phototransfer” (where the high energy wavelengths present in direct sunlight effectively results in the “clock” gaining time when it should not).