Applications of Luminescence
Luminescence Dating Laboratory

Applications Comments Contexts
Tectonic and paleoseismic Relatively recently applied Marine, fluvial, lacustrine, slope deposits
Paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental Now widely used Wide range of sediments
Geomorphic and Quaternary Now widely used Wide range of sediments
Environmental and process studies Relatively recently applied Soils, fluvial, potential for wider range
Archaeological and paleoanthropological Now widely used Fluvial, colluvial, soils, heated/fired materials
Environments
Eolian (wind transported) Usually successful Sand dunes, loess
Fluvial, alluvial, lacustrine (water-lain) Zeroing can be problematic River terraces, alluvial fans, flood plains, lakes
Marine: coastal and offshore Zeroing issue in deep water Raised beaches, beach ridges, deeper water
Glacigenic Zeroing and characteristics can be problematic Moraine and till, outwash, glaciomarine
Slope deposits Zeroing and characteristics can be problematic Colluvium, rockfall, debris flow
Caves (karstic) Zeroing can be problematic Shallow cave sediments, sands, and silts
Anthropomorphic Zeroing can be problematic Artificial fill, anthropomorphic soils
Volcanic rocks, precipitation Characteristics are often problematic Opal, biogenic opal, phenocrysts, xenocrysts
Soils Grain movement studies Modern, compound and buried soils
Heated materials Usually successful Ceramics, wild fires, thermochronology
Strained and shocked materials Little research to date Impact craters, fault movement

Table used with permission of E.J. Rhodes, doi: 10.1146/annurev-earth-040610-133425.

Photo of layered flood sediments. Layered Flood Sediments in a Boxelder Creek Cave, Black Hills, SD.

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