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Application of (super 14) C data for the estimation of Sphagnum peat increment in Estonian ombrotrophic mires.

J M Punning, Tiiu Koff

Abstract


We calculated apparent increment values based on the radiocarbon dates of 21 Estonian ombrotrophic mires (raised bogs). For short periods, the values vary significantly, but the integrated increment for the total complex of ombrotrophic peat shows a strong increasing tendency with decreasing peat age. This is probably due to the decay of accumulated organic matter. Our hypotheses concern the mechanisms of decay and methods for increasing the reliability of the interpolation and extrapolation of (super 14) C data.

Keywords


spatial distribution;paleoenvironment;carbon cycle;geochemical cycle;rates;temporal distribution;paleogeography;Baltic region;Estonia;Bryophyta;Musci;Sphagnum;climate change;mires;bogs;Holocene;Plantae;organic compounds;Europe;peat;sediments;Cenozoic;Quaternary;C 14;carbon;dates;isotopes;radioactive isotopes;absolute age

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