Articles | Volume 15, issue 19
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5831-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5831-2018
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04 Oct 2018
Research article |  | 04 Oct 2018

Quantification of lignin oxidation products as vegetation biomarkers in speleothems and cave drip water

Inken Heidke, Denis Scholz, and Thorsten Hoffmann

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We developed a sensitive method to analyze the lignin composition of organic traces contained in speleothems. Lignin is a main constituent of woody plants and its composition contains information about the type of vegetation. This method offers new possibilities to reconstruct the vegetation of past millennia since it combines the advantages of lignin analysis as a highly specific vegetation biomarker with the benefits of speleothems as unique terrestrial climate archives.
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