Thin loess deposits on the uplands of the southeastern Colorado Plateau have previously not been well studied. We sampled deposits and soils from trenches on Hatch Point mesa near Canyonlands National Park, Utah, and from two outcrops in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. At Hatch Point, the oldest buried unit yielded two OSL ages of 10,370 and 7,555 yr; the middle unit yielded 10 OSL ages from 6220 to 1385 yr; and the youngest unit has a single age of 1740 yr. At Mesa Verde, three loess units are preserved in the two outcrops we examined; six OSL ages range from 51 to 17 ka. At least one buried soil is present between two units with ages of about 50 and 40 ka. The ages of the loess units in both study areas correspond well with OSL-dated dune sands in Canyonlands National Park and with dune sands on Black Mesa, Arizona. Particle size distribution combined with chemical and magnetic data indicate that Hatch Point loess was derived mostly from nearby sandstone sources with a small component of far-traveled atmospheric dust, whereas Mesa Verde loess was sourced both from the nearby sandstone and the San Juan River and its tributaries.
|Title||OSL methods and field and laboratory data for Mesa Verde soils to support journal article|
|Authors||Marith C. Reheis, Harland Goldstein, Steven L. Forman, Shannon A. Mahan|
|Product Type||Data Release|
|Record Source||USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog|
|USGS Organization||Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center|