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date: 14 October 2019

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Lacustrine varves are formed due to seasonal changes in biogenic production, water chemistry, and inflow of mineral matter. In theory, annual layer-counting can provide a varve chronology with single-year resolution for periods ranging from hundreds to more than ten thousand years into the past. Varve chronology can provide an opportunity to estimate the true duration of both natural and human-induced events, which is necessary for a basic understanding of historical and archaeological questions. Thus, a varve chronology can overcome some limitations in other dating techniques such as dendrochronology, radiometric dating, and ice-core dating. This chapter, based on the construction of the long varve chronology from Lake Suigetsu and other varve studies, discusses how to develop accurate and precise varve chronologies, and the limitations and advantages of varve chronologies compared with other dating methods.

Keywords: dating methods, varve chronology, Lake Suigetsu

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