A lacustrine carbonate record of holocene seasonality and climate

Chad A. Wittkop, Jane L. Teranes, Walter E. Dean, Thomas P. Guilderson

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Annually laminated (varved) Holocene sediments from Derby Lake, Michigan, display variations in endogenic calcite abundance refl ecting a long-term (millennial-scale) decrease in burial punctuated with frequent short-term (decadal-scale) oscillations due to carbonate dissolution. Since 6000 cal yr B.P., sediment carbonate abundance has followed a decreasing trend while organic-carbon abundance has increased. The correlation between organic-carbon abundance and the sum of March-April-October-November insolation has an r2 value of 0.58. We interpret these trends to represent a precession-driven lengthening of the Holocene growing season that has reduced calcite burial by enhancing net annual organic-matter production and associated calcite dissolution. Correlations with regional paleoclimate records suggest that changes in temperature and moisture balance have impacted the distribution of short-term oscillations in carbonate and organic-matter abundance superimposed on the precession-driven trends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-698
Number of pages4
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2009

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