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There are so many other methods of dating Quaternary sediments and organic material that it is impractical to cover them all here in detail.Uranium-series uses the decay of uranium and thorium isotopes (Th) in calcites in particular, such as stalactites and stalagmites in caves.Unconsolidated sediments contain magnetic minerals, such as those on the continental shelf and slope. The remnant magnetism of the sediment is a reflection of the earth’s palaeomagnetic field at the time of deposition.The sediments can be compared to palaeo magnetostratigraphic data, and this can be used as a proxy age determination.Amino Acid Racemisation dates the decay and change in proteins in organisms such as shells.
Organic matter needs to have been buried and preserved for this technique. It assumes that organic material is not contaminated with older radiocarbon (which, for example, is a common problem with organic material from marine sediment cores around Antarctica).Quartz optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating is widely used to determine the time of deposition and burial of Late Quaternary sediments.