Quartz OSL dating of late quaternary Chinese and Serbian loess: A cross Eurasian comparison of dust mass accumulation rates

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  • Author: Peric, Zoran

    University of Novi Sad, Serbia

  • Author: Adolphi, Emma Lagerbäck

    Uppsala University, Sweden

  • Author: Stevens, Thomas

    Uppsala University, Sweden

  • Author: Ujvari, Gabor

    Radiation Physics, Center for Nuclear Technologies, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000, Roskilde, Denmark

  • Author: Zeeden, Christian

    PSL Research University, France

  • Author: Buylaert, Jan-Pieter

    Radiation Physics, Center for Nuclear Technologies, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000, Roskilde, Denmark

  • Author: Markovic, Slobodan B.

    University of Novi Sad, Serbia

  • Author: Hambach, Ulrich

    University of Novi Sad, Serbia

  • Author: Fischer, Peter

    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

  • Author: Schmidt, Christoph F

    University of Bayreuth, Germany

  • Author: Schulte, Philipp

    RWTH Aachen University, Germany

  • Author: Huayu, Lu

    Nanjing University, China

  • Author: Shuangwen, Yi

    Nanjing University, China

  • Author: Lehmkuhl, Frank

    RWTH Aachen University, Germany

  • Author: Obreht, Igor

    University of Bremen, Germany

  • Author: Veres, Daniel

    Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

  • Author: Thiel, Christine

    Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, Germany

  • Author: Frechen, Manfred

    Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics

  • Author: Jain, Mayank

    Radiation Physics, Center for Nuclear Technologies, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000, Roskilde, Denmark

  • Author: Vött, Andreas

    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

  • Author: Zöller, Ludwig

    University of Bayreuth, Germany

  • Author: Gavrilov, Milivoj B.

    University of Novi Sad, Serbia

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Reconstructing dust Mass Accumulation Rate (MAR) from loess deposits is critical to understanding past atmospheric mineral dust activity and requires accurate independent age models from loess deposits across Europe and Asia. Previous correlations of loess in Europe and China have tended to focus on multi-millennial timescales, with no detailed examination of dust MAR at the two ends of the Eurasian loess belt on shorter, sub-orbital scales. Here we present a detailed quartz optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) chronology from the Serbian Titel Loess Plateau (Veliki Surduk loess core) and the Chinese Loess Plateau (Lingtai section). The luminescence ages pass internal tests and show consistent increases in age with depth, with no obvious major hiatuses. However, as reported before, it seems the quartz OSL technique is only capable of accurate age determination up to accrued doses of ca. 150 Gy (ca. 30-40 ka) due to approaching field saturation of the quartz OSL signal. Two age-depth models were used to reconstruct dust MARs, where one utilises OSL data solely and the other additionally makes assumptions about sedimentation rates. Although short-term fluctuations in MAR are model dependent, general MAR patterns between the two sites are very similar, with peak MAR occurring rather late in the last glacial (ca. 13-25 ka). This suggests that at least broad scale trends in dust activity within the last glacial period may be similar at a continental scale.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQuaternary International
Volume502
Issue numberPart A
Pages (from-to)30-44
ISSN1040-6182
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: No match on DOI

    Research areas

  • OSL dating, MAR, Titel loess plateau, Chinese Loess Plateau, Loess, Dust

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