Dating of a Fault by Electron Spin Resonance on Intrafault Materials

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Science  12 Mar 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4538, pp. 1392-1393
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4538.1392


The total dose of natural radiation and the age were determined from paramagnetic defects in quartz grains at a fractured fault zone. Young age at the fault indicates that the accumulated defects in rocks were destroyed by high stress or high temperature at the time of the last fault movement, setting the clock time to zero. The technique was applied to quartz grains crushed by uniaxial compression in the laboratory to verify this interpretation.