Electron Spin Resonance

Sedimentation ages can be established for quartz

Dating of quartz - ESR

ESR dating results of river terraces (from Voinchet et.al., 2010)

During long transport in fluvial systems the ESR (EPR) signal in quartz grains is sufficiently reduced to allow the determination of the age of sedimentation.

  • Reconstruction of river systems

  • Dating of terraces

  • Determination of glacial cycles

  • Age of faunal assemblages when applied to tooth enamel

Voinchet P, Despriée J, Tissoux H, Falguères C, Bahain JJ, Gageonnet R, Dépont J & Dolo JM (2010) ESR chronology of alluvial deposits and first human settlements of the Middle Loire Basin (Region Centre, France). Quaternary Geochronology 5, 381-384.