A radiocarbon-based assessment of the preservation characteristics of crenarchaeol and alkenones from continental margin sediments
Eglinton, Timothy I.
Hopmans, Ellen C.
Sinninghe Damste, Jaap S.
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Crenarchaeotal glycerol dibiphytanyl glycerol tetraether (GDGT) lipids and alkenones are two types of biomarkers derived from planktonic marine micro-organisms which are used for reconstruction of sea-surface temperatures. We determined the radiocarbon contents of the archaeal GDGT crenarchaeol and of alkenones isolated from continental margin sediments. Systematic differences were found between the two biomarkers, with higher radiocarbon contents in crenarchaeol than in the phytoplankton-derived alkenones. These differences can be explained by variable contributions of pre-aged, laterally advected material to the core sites. Crenarchaeol appears to be more efficiently degraded during transport in oxygen-replete environments than alkenones. Whether this reflects the influence of chemical structure or mode of protection (e.g., particle association) is not yet known.
Author Posting. © Elsevier B.V. , 2008. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Elsevier B.V. for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Organic Geochemistry 39 (2008): 1039-1045, doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2008.02.006.