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Activators of luminescence in speleothems as source of major mistakes in interpretation of luminescent paleoclimatic records

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Author(s): Shopov Yavor Y.

Journal: International Journal of Speleology
ISSN 0392-6672

Volume: 33;
Issue: 1-4;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: luminescence | speleothems | paleoclimate

ABSTRACT
This work summarizes the main results of the operation of the International Program “Luminescence of Cave Minerals” of the commission on Physical Chemistry and Hydrogeology of Karst of UIS of UNESCO in the field of activators of speleothem luminescence. It discusses Activators of Luminescence in Speleothems as a source of major mistakes in the interpretation of luminescent paleoclimatic records. It demonstrates the existence of 6 types of luminescence of speleothems and cave minerals in dependence of the type of the luminescence center and its incorporation in the mineral. 24 different activators of photoluminescence of speleothem calcite and 11 of aragonite are studied. This paper demonstrates that it is impossible to produce reliable Paleotemperature or Past Precipitation records from luminescence of speleothems without establishing the organic origin of the entire luminescence of the particular sample.

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