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Recent advances in isotopes as palaeolimnological proxies

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Isotope geochemistry is an essential part of environmental and climate change research and over the last few decades has contributed significantly to our understanding of a huge array of environmental problems, not least in palaeolimnology and limnogeology. Here we describe some of the recent developments in the use of stable isotopes in palaeo-lake research. These are: better preparation, analysis, and interpretation of biogenic silica oxygen and silicon isotopes; extraction and characterisation of specific compounds such as leaf waxes and algal lipids for isotope analysis; determining the excess of 13C–18O bonds in clumped isotopes; and the measurement of multiple isotope ratios in chironomid chitin. These advances have exciting prospects and it will be interesting to see how these techniques develop further and consequently offer a real advancement in our science over the next decade.

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Author(s): Leng MJ, Henderson ACG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Paleolimnology

Year: 2013

Volume: 49

Issue: 3

Pages: 481-496

Print publication date: 08/01/2013

ISSN (print): 0921-2728

ISSN (electronic): 1573-0417

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s10933-012-9667-5


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