Advances in Earth Science ›› 2017, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (10): 1062-1071. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2017.10.1062

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Research Advances in ESR Provenance Tracing Methods of Quartz in Sediments

Chuanyi Wei 1, 2( ), Chunru Liu 1, *( ), Chang’an Li 2, 3, Gongming Yin 1, Wenpeng Li 1, Juxing Zhao 2, Zengjie Zhang 2, Dai Zhang 2, Xilin Sun 2, 4, Yawei Li 2   

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Earthquake Dynamics, Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing 100029, China
    2.School of Earth Sciences, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
    3.State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology, Wuhan 430074, China
    4.Cluster Geology and Geochemistry, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Received:2017-04-06 Revised:2017-08-15 Online:2017-12-20 Published:2017-10-20
  • Contact: Chunru Liu;
  • About author:

    First author:Wei Chuanyi(1990-),male,Zibo City,Shandong Province,Ph.D student. Research areas include ESR dating method and sediment provenance

  • Supported by:
    Project supported by the Basic Scientific Research Fund, Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration“Quartz ESR signals and its potential use in river sediments provenance tracing” (No. LED2016A08);The National Natural Science Foundation of China “Research on the formation of the Yangtze River Three Gorges through analysis of sediments provenance of Yichang Alluvial Fan” (No.41671011).

Chuanyi Wei, Chunru Liu, Chang’an Li, Gongming Yin, Wenpeng Li, Juxing Zhao, Zengjie Zhang, Dai Zhang, Xilin Sun, Yawei Li. Research Advances in ESR Provenance Tracing Methods of Quartz in Sediments[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2017, 32(10): 1062-1071.

The ESR (Electron Spin Resonance) signals of quartz is a newly developed sediment provenance tracing method. In this paper, the various ESR signals in quartz, historical development of quartz ESR signals in sediment provenance tracing, thermal stability characteristics of heat treated Eș center, the potential use of quartz nature Eș center and the irradiated Al/Ti center, as well as successful applications in aeolian sediments, river sediments and marine sediments provenance tracing, were briefly reviewed.
The most useful ESR centers of quartz include the heat treated Eș center, the nature Eș center, the Al center and the Ti center. According to recent application researches, the heat-treated Eș center is the most commonly practiced among them while the significance of provenance tracing by Al and Ti centers are still in experimental and theoretical stage. Moreover, nature signal intensities of quartz Eș center not only show a significant dependence on lithology both in bedrocks and deposits, but also can reflect the mixture ratio of deposits with different types of sourced bedrocks.
As for the study objects, this method has been successfully used in the studies of provenance area of East Asian dust, the temporal and spatial changes of Loess Plateau provenance, the provenance change of aeolian sediment over time and space on Japanese Islands, as well as sediment provenance tracing of Japan Sea sediments. In addition, the ESR provenance tracing of quartz has promising application prospect in quantitative and semi-quantitative analysis of fluvial sediment provenance tracing. Along with the development of ESR dating, this method can significantly reflect and reconstruct the relationship among regional tectonic movements, geomorphic evolution, and climate evolution.
In future work, the combination of trace elements provenance tracing and ESR signals provenance tracing in quartz will help improve and promote the development of sediments provenance tracing methods.

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