Articles | Volume 17, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 17, 2169–2180, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2169-2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 2169–2180, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2169-2020

Research article 20 Apr 2020

Research article | 20 Apr 2020

Understanding the effects of early degradation on isotopic tracers: implications for sediment source attribution using compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA)

Pranav Hirave et al.

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Sediment input into water bodies is a prominent threat to freshwater ecosystems. We tested the stability of tracers employed in freshwater sediment tracing based on compound-specific isotope analysis during early degradation in soil. While bulk δ13C values showed no stability, δ13C values of plant-derived fatty acids and n-alkanes were stably transferred to the soil without soil particle size dependency after an early degradation in organic horizons, thus indicating their suitability as tracers.
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