Impacts of paleohydrological changes on n-alkane biomarker compositions of a Holocene peat sequence in the eastern European Russian Arctic
2011 (English)In: Organic Geochemistry, ISSN 0146-6380, E-ISSN 1873-5290, Vol. 42, no 9, 1065-1075 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Coupled analyses of n-alkane biomarkers and plant macrofossils from a peat plateau deposit in the northeast European Russian Arctic were carried out to assess the effects of past hydrology on the molecular contributions of plants to the peat. The n-alkane biomarkers accumulated over 9.6 kyr of local paleohydrological changes in this complex peat profile in which a succession of vegetation changes occurred during a transition from a wet fen to a relatively dry peat plateau bog. This study shows that the contribution of the n-C31 alkane from rootlets to peat layers rich in fine and dark roots is important. The results further indicate that the n-alkanePaqandn-C23/n-C29 biomarker proxies that have been useful to reconstruct past water table levels in many peat deposits can be misleading when the contributions of Betulaand Sphagnum fuscum to the peat are large. Under these conditions, the C23/(C27+ C31) n-alkane ratio seems to correct for the presence of BetulaandS. fuscum and provides a better description for the relative amounts of moisture. The average chain length (ACL) n-alkane proxy also appears to be a good paleohydrology proxy in having larger values during dry and cold conditions in this Arctic bog setting.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2011. Vol. 42, no 9, 1065-1075 p.
peat, permafrost, n-alkanes, biomarkers, Holocene
Research subject Biogeochemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62806DOI: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2011.06.020ISI: 000295610800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-62806DiVA: diva2:457655