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Skeptical Science New Research for Week #45, 2020

Posted on 11 November 2020 by Doug Bostrom

Rocks as data loggers

Improving our confidence with quantifying paleoclimate is important to our understanding of how Earth's systems have responded to past climate change, and for refinement of climate models.

Reconstructing paleoclimate is accomplished via proxy indicators of various climatic features. Pollen, tree rings, varves and other methods have been successfully employed for this purpose. Each approach is somewhat limited in scope of coverage. 

Building on other recent work, a team led by Rabiul Biswas have revived and claim to have significantly extended a largely dormant but fundamentally promising technique. Thermoluminescence of the common mineral feldspar tantalizes with paleoclimatic rewards— if a method can be developed to make it a continuous measure of past temperature. Biswas et al show how that may be done. If successfully applied on a broad scale, this new data source will fill in some substantial gaps in our record of paleoclimate.  With each current particular recording mechanism working only for particular and individually relatively narrow contexts, a temperature proxy with a significantly broadened range would be very helpful indeed. Feldspar is a widely distributed mineral on Earth's surface and easily sampled, so this is a potentially high impact advancement. 

From the abstract:

Thermoluminescence (TL) of feldspar is investigated for its potential to extract temperature histories experienced by rocks exposed at Earth's surface. TL signals from feldspar observed in the laboratory arise from the release of trapped electrons from a continuous distribution of trapping energies that have a range of thermal stabilities. The distribution of trapping energies, or thermal stabilities, is such that the lifetime of trapped electrons at room temperature ranges from less than a year to several billion years. Shorter lifetimes are associated with low-temperature TL signals, or peaks, and longer lifetimes are associated with high temperature TL signals. Here we show that trapping energies associated with shorter lifetimes, or lower-temperature TL signals (i.e. between 200 and 250 ?C), are sensitive to temperature fluctuations occurring at Earth's surface over geological timescales. Furthermore, we show that it is possible to reconstruct past surface temperature histories in terrestrial settings by exploiting the continuous distribution of trapping energies. 

Open access and free to read, with a citation lineage including footprints on the moon: Surface paleothermometry using low-temperature thermoluminescence of feldspar

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