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Mid- and late Holocene dust deposition in western Europe: the Misten peat bog (Hautes Fagnes – Belgium)

Allan, Mohammed and Le Roux, Gaël and Piotrowska, Natalia and Beghin, Jérémie and Javaux, Emmanuelle and Court-Picon, Mona and Mattielli, Nadine and Verheyden, Sophie and Fagel, Nathalie Mid- and late Holocene dust deposition in western Europe: the Misten peat bog (Hautes Fagnes – Belgium). (2013) Climate of the Past, 9. 2285-2298. ISSN 1814-9324

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-9-2285-2013


Dust deposition in southern Belgium is estimated from the geochemical signature of an ombrotrophic peatland. The rare earth elements (REE) and lithogenic elements concentrations, as well as Nd isotopes, were determined by HRICP- MS and MC-ICP-MS, respectively, along an ~6m peat section covering 5300 yr, from 2000 to 7300 cal BP, dated by the 14C method. Changes in REE concentration in the peat correlate with those of Ti, Al, Sc and Zr that are lithogenic conservative elements, suggesting that REE are immobile in the studied peat bogs and can be used as tracers of dust deposition. Peat humification and testate amoebae were used to evaluate hydroclimatic conditions. The range of dust deposition varied from 0.03 to 4.0 gm−2 yr−1. The highest dust fluxes were observed from 2750 to 2550 cal BP and from 5150 to 4750 cal BP, and correspond to cold periods. The "Nd values show a large variability from −13 to −5, identifying three major sources of dusts: local soils, distal volcanic and desert particles.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to European Geosciences Union (EGU) editor. The definitive version is available a http://www.clim-past.net/9/2285/2013/cp-9-2285-2013.html
HAL Id:hal-00977613
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Liège (BELGIUM)
Other partners > Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB (BELGIUM)
Other partners > Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (BELGIUM)
Other partners > Silesian University of Technology (POLAND)
Other partners > Vrije Universiteit Brussel - VUB (BELGIUM)
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Deposited On:11 Apr 2014 11:41

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