Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
Research article
07 Feb 2017
Research article |  | 07 Feb 2017

Sedimentary ancient DNA and pollen reveal the composition of plant organic matter in Late Quaternary permafrost sediments of the Buor Khaya Peninsula (north-eastern Siberia)

Heike Hildegard Zimmermann, Elena Raschke, Laura Saskia Epp, Kathleen Rosmarie Stoof-Leichsenring, Georg Schwamborn, Lutz Schirrmeister, Pier Paul Overduin, and Ulrike Herzschuh

Data sets

Pollen profile of sediment core BK-8 H. H. Zimmermann, E. Raschke, L. S. Epp, K. R. Stoof-Leichsenring, G. Schwamborn, L. Schirrmeister, P. P. Overduin, and U. Herzschuh

Short summary
Organic matter stored in permafrost will start decomposing due to climate warming. To better understand its composition in ice-rich Yedoma, we analyzed ancient sedimentary DNA, pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs throughout an 18.9 m long permafrost core. The combination of both proxies allow an interpretation both of regional floristic changes and of the local environmental conditions at the time of deposition.
Final-revised paper