Luminescence Dating of Beach Dunes and Fluvial Sediments, Nayarit, Mexico

Cresswell, A.J. , Sanderson, D.C.W. , Muñoz-Salinas, E. and Castillo, M. (2018) Luminescence Dating of Beach Dunes and Fluvial Sediments, Nayarit, Mexico. Technical Report. SUERC, East Kilbride, UK.

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The Pacific coast of the state of Nayarit, Mexico, is dominated by extensive sand dune systems and lagoons. 16 samples from three transects through dunes near the town of Santa Cruz were collected to establish ages of the beach dune ridges and establish a robust chronology, to assist in understanding the depositional rates associated with different phases of the evolution of the strand plain. In addition, three samples were collected from a fluvial terrace on the San Pedro River which enters the Pacific near the southernmost of the dune transects. Quartz grains were extracted from the samples, and analysed using an Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) method to determine stored dose and ages. The samples collected nearest the current coast have produced dates of 1500-1900AD, with samples further from the coast being progressively older, spanning a period of over 2000 years with oldest measured date of 400BC. The dates for the upper samples from the San Pedro River is consistent with the ages of the dunes nearest the coast, with the lower sample date closer to the dates of the older dunes further from the coast, indicating that this fluvial deposit was laid down over the same time period as the dune formation.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Technical Report)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cresswell, Dr Alan and Sanderson, Professor David
Authors: Cresswell, A.J., Sanderson, D.C.W., Muñoz-Salinas, E., and Castillo, M.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Authors

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