Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods

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Luminescence, Geomorphological Processes

  • Stephen Tooth
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6326-5_98-1


Geomorphology is the science that studies the origin and development of landforms and how those landforms combine to form landscapes. Landforms are shaped by geomorphological processes, many of which involve the weathering, erosion, transportation, and deposition of surface materials (rock, sediment) by gravity, ice, wind, or water. Both erosional and depositional landforms can be identified, and study objectives may include establishing (1) the initial timing of surface material movement (hence, landform age), (2) the timings of subsequent surface material movement (hence, landform development rate), and (3) the nature of surface material movement (sediment dynamics). Using a similar threefold breakdown, the focus here is on how luminescence datingcan contribute to these objectives. Luminescence dating is a family of techniques most suitable for investigating fine-grained (typically silt, sand) depositional landforms. The basic principles of luminescence dating and the...


Optically Stimulate Luminescence Geomorphological Process Aeolian Dune Luminescence Date Bedload Transport Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and Earth SciencesAberystwyth UniversityAberystwyth, CeredigionWales, UK