By Günther A. Wagner
The Quaternary, which spans nearly the final 2 million years, is characterised via dramatic environmental adjustments, generally known as the "ice age". in this interval, guy along with his manifold cultures developed. makes an attempt at relationship those occasions as correctly as attainable have made nice growth. The huge spectrum of actual and chemical relationship tools, now to be had for courting human artifacts and Quaternary rocks, is turning into more and more tricky to understand. during this publication a few of the chronometric concepts are comprehensively and intelligibly handled. through quite a few case stories, taken from archaeology and Quaternary geology, the capability and quandary of those concepts are proven. The e-book is meant in general for scientists and scholars of those fields, however the layman can also locate its lucrative.
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Alluvial deposits are important for the understanding of the geomorphic development. Of special concern within this context is the question of their age. Beside the 14C method (Sect. 4), which is applicable to synsedimentary organic components « 40 ka), luminescence dating (Sects. 2) is suitable for alluvial sediments (100 a-wo ka), if the minerals have been exposed sufficiently intensively or long to daylight during their transportation or deposition. It has to be assumed that the light conditions are strongly facies-dependent and alluvial sediments are variably well suited for luminescence dating.
1). Through as much as possible complete and accurate chronometric dating of both marine and continental sedimentary sequences, it should be possible to achieve a consistent, global chronology for the Quaternary. Thereby the problem arises that sediments belong to the group of rocks that are most difficult to date numerically, but lately enormous methodical progress has been and still is being achieved in Quaternary chronometry. Even aeolian or aquatic clastic sediments, which for long time were considered as undatable, can now be dated.
Pumice is a light-colored vesicular glass. Obsidians of different geologic provenance vary in chemistry; on the other hand the ones originating from the same lava flow are commonly of chemically homogeneous composition. Obsidian consists of an optically isotropic, weakly translucent glass matrix and frequently contains tiny inclusions of ore minerals (microlites) and vesicles. Obsidian occurs as independent flows, as inclusions in tuffs, and at the surface and the contact of lava flows, i. , at spots with rapid cooling.