Confirming geomorphological interpretations based on portable OSL reader data

Eric W. Portenga, Paul Bishop

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    Portable optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) readers are increasingly being used in geomorphological and archaeological investigations, but information regarding data reproducibility and the reliability of interpretations based on portable OSL reader data has not yet been presented to the wider geomorphological community. This Letter addresses these two issues by returning to Grabben Gullen Creek in the southeastern Australian Tablelands where we remeasure a sediment profile that was first measured by other researchers 3 years earlier. We also compare portable OSL reader data measured on sediment interpreted to have been deposited in swampy meadow wetlands and flood alluvium settings with data measured on known swampy meadow and flood deposits. Our data show that portable OSL reader data are reproducible. Moreover, we confirm the earlier interpretation that stratigraphies commonly exposed in southeastern Australian Tablelands valley bottoms reflect pre-European swampy meadow wetlands and flood alluvium.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)427-432
    Number of pages6
    JournalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2016


    • optically stimulated luminescence
    • portable OSL reader
    • swampy meadow
    • post-settlement alluvium
    • Australia
    • Optically stimulated luminescence
    • Post-settlement alluvium
    • Swampy meadow
    • Portable OSL reader


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