Articles | Volume 17, issue 21
Biogeosciences, 17, 5465–5487, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-5465-2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 5465–5487, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-5465-2020

Research article 13 Nov 2020

Research article | 13 Nov 2020

From leaf to soil: n-alkane signal preservation, despite degradation along an environmental gradient in the tropical Andes

Milan L. Teunissen van Manen et al.

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We measured plant wax in leaves and soils along an environmental gradient in the Ecuadorian Andes. These data show how the wax composition changes as the plant material degrades in different environments. Local temperature is reflected in the wax despite the level degradation. The study results warrant further research into a possible causal relationship that may lead to the development of n-alkane patterns as a novel palaeoecological proxy.
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