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Type: Thesis
Title: Late Holocene seasonal and multicentennial hydroclimate variability in the Coorong lagoon, South Australia: evidence from stable isotopes and trace element profiles of bivalve molluscs
Author: Chamberlayne, B. K.
Issue Date: 2015
School/Discipline: School of Physical Sciences
Abstract: This study investigates the stable isotope and trace elemental geochemistry of the bivalve Arthritica helmsi with the aim to investigate its uses as a palaeoclimate archive. Firstly, stable isotopes and trace elements were measured on composite shell samples to create a long-term record of climate variability throughout the past 2500 years. Secondly, the seasonal variations within these multicentennial records was analysed through high-resolution trace elemental analyses on individual shells in addition to high replicate stable isotope analyses. These results show variation in the hydroclimate of the Southern Coorong Lagoon in response to freshwater flow and evaporation. A period of reduced moisture from 2200-1800 cal B.P and periods indicating more fresh conditions from 2500-2250 cal B.P and 1800-1300 cal B.P are in agreement with several other regional records suggesting a coherent regional climate signal. Increases in seasonality coincide with dry climates and indicate that summer climate variability is the main influence on Coorong palaeohydrology. A. helmsi exhibits significant potential as a palaeoclimate tracer, subject to further research into its contemporary biology and geochemistry.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (B.Sc.(Hons)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Physical Sciences, 2015
Where: Coorong lagoon, South Australia
Keywords: Honours; Geology; Late Holocene; Coorong lagoon; Arthritica helmsi; climate change; oxygen isotopes; LA-ICP-MS
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