Biomarkers and the related global change

Shucheng, Xie and Bin, Liang and Jianqiu, Guo and Yi, Yi and Evershed, Richard P and Maddy, Darrel and Chambers, Frank M (2003) Biomarkers and the related global change. Quaternary Sciences, 23 (5). pp. 521-528.

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Abstract

Biomarkers occurring at a variety of geological environments have been shown to be effective in the exploitation of past global changes. Reconstructions of paleo vegetation, paleo temperature, paleo precipitation, paleo atmospheric CO2 concentration, paleo monsoon were conducted in various sediments using the distributions and isotopic compositions of biomarkers. Here we present a 40cm long peat record based on the analyses of biomarker distribution and compound specific δ D using gas chromatography (GC), GC mass spectrometry (MS) and GC thermal conversion isotope ratio MS. The preliminary result shows that both the distribution and isotope composition of biomarkers are capable of reflecting the variations of paleoclimate. Specifically, The profile trends of the carbon preference index of n alkanoic acids, the ratio of C 23 /C31 n alkanes and δ D of C23 n alkane are comparable with the documented temperature record of the period the peat core spans.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: molecular fossils, compound specific isotope, global change
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Environmental Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2015 16:30
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 11:54
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1174

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