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The Holocene isotopic record of aquatic cellulose from Lake Äntu Sinijärv, Estonia: Influence of changing climate and organic-matter sources
© 2018 The Authors The well characterized oxygen-isotopic fractionation during cellulose biosynthesis has been utilised by numerous studies of stable isotopes in fine-grained aquatic cellulose. We measured the δ13Ccelluloseand δ18Ocellulosevalues of bulk cellulose and moss fragments from an ∼11.4ka-long core obtained from a shallow, productive, spring-fed, hardwater lake, Äntu Sinijärv, Estonia (59˚3.8′N; 26˚14.5′E; 94.6 m a.s.l.; maximum depth 7.3 m), in order to reconstruct regional Holocene climate and lake-basin evolution. Isotopically, the modern waterbody is a well-behaved, open, hydrological system with negligible evaporative effects. Cellulose-isotope records were compared with down-core measurements of loss-on-ignition (LOI), carbonate and mineral contents, total organic carbon (TOC), total nitrogen (TN), C/N ratio, δ13CTOC, biomarker indices (Palgand Paq), published palaeoecological data and a δ18Ocarbonaterecord from the same palaeolake. Green microalgae, freshwater macroalgae (Chara) and aquatic bryophytes were important sources of sedimentary cellulose during different phases in the environmental history of the lake. Although a strong palaeoclimatic imprint can be detected in the δ18Ocelluloserecord from Äntu Sinijärv, notably the Preboreal oscillation, the 8.2ka event and an unnamed cold oscillation ∼3.25ka BP, the isotopic signal of these events may have been amplified by increases in18O-depleted spring snowmelt. In contrast, δ13Ccellulosewas tightly coupled to the Holocene evolution of terrestrial ecosystems and soils by significant inputs of biogenic carbon from the catchment and sublacustrine springs. During the early Holocene, ∼11 – 9ka BP, the δ18Ocelluloseand δ18Ocarbonaterecords diverge markedly, which can be attributed to “no-analogue” seasonal, climatic, hydrological and isotopic conditions resulting from orbital forcing and residual ice-sheet impacts.
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