Interpreting lake isotope records of Holocene environmental change in the Eastern Mediterranean

Jones, Matthew D. and Roberts, C. Neil (2008) Interpreting lake isotope records of Holocene environmental change in the Eastern Mediterranean. Quaternary International, 181 (1). pp. 32-38. ISSN 1040-6182

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Abstract

Oxygen isotope records from lake sediment archives are becoming an increasingly common tool for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. We discuss their interpretation in the Eastern Mediterranean region with particular reference to three records, Zeribar, Van and Eski Acıgöl during the Holocene. The latter two records have been interpreted as controlled by changes in the precipitation to evaporation ratio, and the first due to changes in precipitation seasonality. In light of recent isotope work in the region and comparison with other proxy data from the same lakes, we show both of these initial interpretations to be oversimplified. Careful interpretations of complex lake isotope systems are therefore required in order that palaeoclimatic inferences are drawn correctly.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Geography
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2007.01.012
Depositing User: Jones, Dr Matthew
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2015 08:02
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 13:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29436

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