Investigations on Age and Genesis of Silcretes in Queensland (Australia) - Preliminary Results
Silcretes from Queensland (Australia) were dated by means of the electron spin resonance dating technique. The results range from 1.5 to 10.8 million years; therefore, these silcretes were formed between the upper Miocene and the early Pleistocene. For a conclusive interpretation of the data geochemical and thin section analyses were also carried out. ESR dating of silcretes for the first time offers a direct approach to a chronostratigraphic framework of the genesis of these duricrusts, and of the palaeoclimatic events attributed to them.
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