Applying SAR-IRSL methology of dating fine-grained sediments from Lake El´gygytgyn, north-eastern Sibiria
Lake El’gygytgyn is situated in a 3.6 Ma old impact crater in north-eastern Siberia and probably represents one of the most complete archives of Arctic climate change. Investigated here is the potential of infra-red stimulated luminescence (IRSL) using the single-aliquot regenerative-dose (SAR) approach for dating sediments from this lake. Independent age control is available from a published age model of a parallel core that is based on tuning sediment proxies with regional insolation and the results of previous multiple aliquot IRSL dating. Although the site is located within volcanic bedrock, anomalous fading seems to have little effect on the calculated ages. The modelled water content for the entire time of burial is seen as the most prominent uncertainty at this particular site. Despite these potential error sources, SAR-IRSL ages are in acceptable agreement with the given timeframe and clearly point to the possibility to establish independent chronologies at this site up to at least 400,000 years.
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