Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 17, 567–580, 2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 567–580, 2020

Research article 05 Feb 2020

Research article | 05 Feb 2020

Leaf wax n-alkane patterns and compound-specific δ13C of plants and topsoils from semi-arid and arid Mongolia

Julian Struck et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (20 Dec 2019) by Frank Hagedorn
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ED: Publish as is (10 Jan 2020) by Frank Hagedorn
Short summary
We present leaf wax n-alkanes and their compound-specific (CS) δ13C isotopes from semi-arid and/or arid Mongolia to test their potential for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Plants and topsoils were analysed and checked for climatic control. Chain-length variations are distinct between grasses and Caragana, which are not biased by climate. However CS δ13C is strongly correlated to climate, so n-alkanes and their CS δ13C show great potential for paleoenvironmental reconstruction in Mongolia.
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