Articles | Volume 71, issue 1
Research article
01 Apr 2022
Research article |  | 01 Apr 2022

Chronostratigraphic and geomorphologic challenges of last glacial loess in Poland in the light of new luminescence ages

Ludwig Zöller, Manfred Fischer, Zdzisław Jary, Pierre Antoine, and Marcin Krawczyk

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Comparing quartz optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and fine-grain post-infrared infrared stimulated luminescence (pIRIR) ages, agreement was largely found, e.g. the bracketing of the L1SS1 pedocomplex to ca. 30–40 ka. Nevertheless some age differences between the Bayreuth (OSL) and the Gliwice (pIRIR) data invite further discussion. Exact dating using various protocols and grain sizes remains challenging, in particular for a periglacial environment with strong heterogeneity of material.