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Response of δ D values of sedimentary n-alkanes to variations in source water isotope signals and climate proxies at lake Nam Co, Tibetan Plateau

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Günther,  F.
Molecular Biogeochemistry Group, Dr. G. Gleixner, Department Biogeochemical Processes, Prof. S. E. Trumbore, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Max Planck Society;
IMPRS International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry , Max Planck Society;

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Mügler,  I.
Molecular Biogeochemistry Group, Dr. G. Gleixner, Department Biogeochemical Processes, Prof. S. E. Trumbore, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Gleixner,  G.
Molecular Biogeochemistry Group, Dr. G. Gleixner, Department Biogeochemical Processes, Prof. S. E. Trumbore, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Günther, F., Mügler, I., Mäusbacher, R., Daut, G., Leopold, K., Gerstmann, U. C., et al. (2011). Response of δ D values of sedimentary n-alkanes to variations in source water isotope signals and climate proxies at lake Nam Co, Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International, 236, 82-90. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2010.12.006.


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Abstract
Compound-specific delta D values of sedimentary n-alkanes from Nam Co were compared with oxygen isotope values from three different ice cores of the Tibetan Plateau and other climate proxies including temperature and solar radiation. This enabled estimation of the importance of source water and of environmental factors at the ecosystem scale on variations of the isotopic composition of sedimentary n-alkanes. The ice core records from Dasuopu, Puruogangri and Rongbuk glacier of the past 1000 years recording the source water isotopes show a continuous deuterium enrichment indicating a warming trend or decreased precipitation. Sedimentary n-alkane delta D values also represent the same general tendency to enrichment in heavier isotopes. However, the correlation to the delta O-18 values derived from the ice record is very weak. The delta D values of n-alkanes agree with known climatic events such as the Little Ice Age and Medieval Warm Period showing depleted and enriched delta D values, respectively. The delta D values of the n-alkanes were best related to environmental drivers including temperature and solar radiation. The results suggest that delta D values of sedimentary n-alkanes mainly record evapotranspiration and relative humidity that strongly influence delta D values at the plant level, while variability of the source signal is less important. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd and INQUA. All rights reserved.