[STT60-P03] Characteristics of luminescence signals from insoluble residue in raised coral reefs
Keywords:raised coral reefs, luminescence signals, insoluble residue
The fossil coral samples were taken from Yonaguni Island, southwestern Ryukyus, southwestern Japan. The sampling layer is considered as middle – late Pleistocene horizon . In order to get materials from the limestone for blue light stimulated luminescence (BLSL) or post-IR IRSL dating, the outer-rim of the sample, which might be bleached by sunlight, was cut off more than 5 mm under subdued red light in a darkroom. Furthermore the sample was dissolved in 6N Hall in 10 minutes to remove the outer surface because some parts of the sample surface were rugged and difficult to cut off completely. Our preliminary experiment suggested the acid treatment of 6N HCl in 10 minutes removed more than 5mm depth from the sample surface, we think this procedure made sure to extract unbleached materials from the sample. Then the sample were washed by distilled water and again soaked in 6N HCl with hydrogen peroxide (several %) till the calcite was completely dissolved. After these treatments above, we could get small amount of residual materials from the coral fossil sample.
In this presentation we show some characteristics of luminescence signals from these residual materials and discuss possibilities for luminescence dating,.
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