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Diatom oxygen isotopes: Evidence of a species effect in the sediment record

Swann, GEA; Leng, MJ; Sloane, HJ; Maslin, MA; Onodera, J; (2007) Diatom oxygen isotopes: Evidence of a species effect in the sediment record. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems , 8 , Article Q06012. 10.1029/2006GC001535. Green open access

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Abstract

Diatom oxygen isotope measurements are commonly made on bulk mixed species assemblages due to the difficulty in purifying and separating individual taxa. As such, it is essential to understand processes in diatoms which may lead to isotope offsets both between and within individual species. Existing studies have suggested that mechanisms which may lead to isotopes offset in diatoms, such as vital effects, are either nonexistent or negligible. Here, we present a suite of diatom oxygen isotope data from the onset of major Northern Hemisphere Glaciation at ODP site 882 in the northwest Pacific Ocean which display large offsets ( mean = 1.23 parts per thousand, max = 3.51 parts per thousand, error = 0.84 parts per thousand) between two different size fractions ( 75 - 150 mu m and > 150 mu m) that are dominated by only two species: Coscinodiscus marginatus and Coscinodiscus radiatus. These offsets are most likely size related, although additional interspecies and intraspecies effects may also be important in determining the exact magnitude of the offsets. Consequently, considerable care is needed when interpreting bulk diatom oxygen isotope data in relation to paleoenvironmental change, especially when the amount of stratigraphical change within the isotopes is small.

Type: Article
Title: Diatom oxygen isotopes: Evidence of a species effect in the sediment record
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1029/2006GC001535
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2006GC001535
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright 2007 by the American Geophysical Union
Keywords: Diatom silica, Opal, Disequilibrium effects, North Pacific Ocean, Sub-Arctic Pacific, Biogenic silica, North Pacific, Planktonic-foraminifera, Marine diatoms, Lake, Paleoclimate, Water, Productivity, Ocean
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/188006
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