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n-Alkane distributions in ombrotrophic mires as indicators of vegetation change related to climatic variation

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Darrel Maddy


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Lipid analysis of modern bog vegetation revealed n-alkane distributions for Sphagnum species displaying enhanced abundances of lower chain length homologues (C21-C25). Other plants examined revealed typical higher plant distributions (C29 or C31 maxima). Investigation of a 40 cm peat profile from Bolton Fell Moss, Cumbria, UK showed a varying abundance of the n-C23 homologue down core which appear to be related to vegetation changes, which are presumed to occur as a result of climate variation.

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Author(s): Nott C, Xie S, Avsejs L, Maddy D, Chambers F, Evershed R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organic Geochemistry

Year: 2000

Volume: 31

Issue: 2-3

Pages: 231-235

Print publication date: 01/02/2000

ISSN (print): 0146-6380

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5290


DOI: 10.1016/S0146-6380(99)00153-9


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