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Altitudinal variations in the bulk organic carbon isotopic composition of topsoil in the Qilian Mountains area, NE Tibetan Plateau, and its environmental significance
Zhao, Y (Zhao, Yan)1,2,3; Wu, FL (Wu, Fuli)1,2; Fang, XM (Fang, Xiaomin)1,2; Yang, YB (Yang, Yibo)1,2; Wu, FL
Source PublicationQUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL
2017
Volume454Issue:0Pages:45-55
DOI10.1016/j.quaint.2017.08.045
AbstractUnderstanding the bulk organic carbon isotopic composition (delta C-13(org)) of the surface soil in various climates is crucial for past climate reconstruction. Although the relationship between climatic factors (such as precipitation and temperature) and plant delta C-13(org) are well studied at the global and regional scales, studies relating the surface soil organic matter delta C-13(org) values and climatic factors remain relatively rare. In this study, 52 surface soil samples were collected from the Shiyang River drainage basin, the northeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, where changes in vegetation are sensitive to the climate. The delta C-13(org) of the surface soils was analyzed to examine their environmental implications. Our results show that soil delta C-13(org) values change from -26.58% to -21.73% with an average of -25.20% (-1.14%). Binary regression analysis and linear regression analysis show that the change in the soil delta C-13(org) values is significantly correlated with altitude; temperature and precipitation are responsible for the altitudinal impact on the soil delta C-13(org) while air CO2 concentrations have little effect. The sensitivity of the delta C-13(org) values to the mean annual temperature is +0.066%/degrees C and to the mean annual precipitation is -0.3%/ 100 mm. We find that extremely low temperatures (above 2960 m a.s.l. in the study area) may result in physiological drought in plants even when precipitation is favorable, which consequently leads to higher soil delta C-13(org) values. This observation is inconsistent with its direct positive role in the delta C-13(org) values below 2960 m a.s.l., and the threshold is -1.2 degrees C in the Shiyang River drainage basin. In addition, the slope of the regression line for the soil delta C-13(org) values versus altitude with favorable precipitation in our study is _1.2%/km, which supports that a relationship of +1.1-1.3%/km for the soil delta C-13(org) values versus altitude is available on the Tibetan Plateau and the surrounding areas and further indicates that this coefficient in this region maybe potentially be useful for paleoelevation reconstruction. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd and INQUA. All rights reserved.
Subject Area地质学
WOS IDWOS:000409353200005
Language英语
Indexed BySCI
KeywordAtmospheric Co2 Concentration Water-use Efficiency Tree-ring Cellulose Rainfall Gradient Stable-isotopes Late-miocene C-4 Plants Delta C-13 C3 Plants Discrimination
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography; Geology
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary ; Physical Geography; Geology
Cooperation Status国内
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.itpcas.ac.cn/handle/131C11/7985
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Corresponding AuthorWu, FL
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Tibetan Plateau Res, Key Lab Continental Collis & Plateau Uplift, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Tibetan Plateau Res, Ctr Excellence Tibetan Plateau Earth Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
3.Linyi Univ, Inst Geol & Paleontol, Linyi 276000, Shandong, Peoples R China.
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Zhao, Y ,Wu, FL ,Fang, XM ,et al. Altitudinal variations in the bulk organic carbon isotopic composition of topsoil in the Qilian Mountains area, NE Tibetan Plateau, and its environmental significance[J]. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL,2017,454(0):45-55.
APA Zhao, Y ,Wu, FL ,Fang, XM ,Yang, YB ,&Wu, FL.(2017).Altitudinal variations in the bulk organic carbon isotopic composition of topsoil in the Qilian Mountains area, NE Tibetan Plateau, and its environmental significance.QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL,454(0),45-55.
MLA Zhao, Y ,et al."Altitudinal variations in the bulk organic carbon isotopic composition of topsoil in the Qilian Mountains area, NE Tibetan Plateau, and its environmental significance".QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL 454.0(2017):45-55.
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