Electron Spin Resonance Dating

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Electron spin resonance dating has been applied in Quaternary sciences for more than 30 years. The method is based on the time-dependent accumulation of trapped free electrons and holes in minerals. This article explains the underlying principles of the method and illustrates its contribution to Quaternary sciences in a series of applications ranging from the coral reef tracts of Barbados to the human remains at Border Cave in South Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780444536433
ISBN (Print)9780444536426
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Barbados
  • Bones
  • Border Cave
  • Corals
  • ESR dating
  • Human evolution
  • Luminescence dating
  • Marine terraces
  • Mollusk shells
  • Patagonia
  • Quartz
  • Tooth enamel
  • Trapped-charge dating
  • U uptake
  • U-series dating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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