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Research article 09 Aug 2018

Research article | 09 Aug 2018

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This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal Climate of the Past (CP).

A Late Quaternary climate record based on long chain diol proxies from the Chilean margin

Marijke W. de Bar1, Dave J. Stolwijk1,2, Jerry F. McManus3, Jaap S. Sinninghe Damste1,2, and Stefan Schouten1,2 Marijke W. de Bar et al.
  • 1Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, and Utrecht University, Den Burg, 1790 AB, Texel, the Netherlands
  • 2Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, 3584 CB, the Netherlands
  • 3Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, 10964, USA

Abstract. The primary focus of this study is to test the applicability of different paleoenvironmental proxies based on long chain diols, i.e., the LDI as proxy for past SST, the Diol Index as indicator of past upwelling conditions and the NDI as quantitative proxy for nitrate and phosphate concentrations in seawater. The proxies were analyzed in marine sediments recovered at ODP Site 1234, located within the Peru-Chile upwelling system, with a ~2kyr resolution, covering the last 150kyrs, i.e., encompassing several glacial and interglacial periods. We also generated TEXH86 and UK´37 temperature and planktonic δ18O records, as well as TOC and accumulation rates (ARs) of TOC and lipid biomarkers (i.e., C37 alkenones, GDGTs, dinosterol and loliolide) to reconstruct past phytoplankton production. The LDI-derived SST record co-varies with TEXH86- and UK´37-derived SST records as well as with the planktonic δ18O record, implying that the LDI reflects past SST variations at this site. TOC and phytoplankton AR records indicate increased export production during the Last Interglacial (MIS 5), simultaneous with a peak in the abundance of preserved Chaetoceros diatoms, suggesting intensified upwelling during this period. The Diol Index is relatively low during the upwelling period, but peaks before and after this period, suggesting that Proboscia diatoms were more dominant before and after the period of upwelling. The NDI reveals the same variations as the Diol Index suggesting that the input of nitrate and phosphate was minimal during upwelling, which is unrealistic. We suggest that the Diol Index should perhaps be considered as an indicator for Proboscia (multiple species) productivity instead of upwelling per se, whereas the NDI likely reflects Proboscia alata productivity, and might therefore not be suitable as a more general paleonutrient proxy.

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