Electron Spin Resonance

Sedimentation ages can be established for quartz

Dating of quartz - ESR

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.