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Organic compounds preserved in a 2.9 million year old stalagmite from the Nullarbor Plain, Australia

Blyth, Alison J.; Watson, Jonathan; Woodhead, Jon and Hellstrom, John (2010). Organic compounds preserved in a 2.9 million year old stalagmite from the Nullarbor Plain, Australia. Chemical Geology, 279(3-4) pp. 101–105.

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A 2.9 Ma stalagmite from the Nullarbor Plain, South Australia was analysed for organic components. In contrast to previously analysed stalagmites, no significant lipid record was recovered. However, qualitative TMAH thermochemolysis of the residual organic matter recovered a range of compounds, including a number of phenols previously associated with lignin. Comparison of this sample with a range of modern stalagmite samples from different environments indicated that the phenolic record in stalagmites can reflect the overlying vegetation regime, and has potential in investigating palaeoenvironmental change in this climatically important region.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Elsevier B. V.
ISSN: 0009-2541
Keywords: stalagmite; organic matter; lignin; vegetation; Nullarbor; climate
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 25231
Depositing User: Jonathan Watson
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2010 12:46
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 21:22
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