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Influence of deep-water derived isoprenoid tetraether lipids on the TEX h 86 paleothermometer in the Mediterranean Sea
Kim, J.H.; Schouten, S.; Rodrigo-Gámiz, M.; Rampen, S.W.; Marino, G.; Huguet, C.; Helmke, P.; Buscail, R.; Hopmans, E.C.; Pross, J.; Sangiorgi, F.; Middelburg, J.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. (2015). Influence of deep-water derived isoprenoid tetraether lipids on the TEX h 86 paleothermometer in the Mediterranean Sea. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 150: 125–141.
In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. Elsevier: Oxford,New York etc.. ISSN 0016-7037, more
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Author keywords
    TEX86H paleothermometer; GDGTs; Mediterranean Sea

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  • Kim, J.H., more
  • Schouten, S., more
  • Rodrigo-Gámiz, M.
  • Rampen, S.W., more
  • Marino, G.
  • Huguet, C.
  • Helmke, P.
  • Buscail, R.
  • Hopmans, E.C., more
  • Pross, J.
  • Sangiorgi, F.
  • Middelburg, J., more
  • Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., more

    The View the MathML sourceTEX86H paleothermometer based on isoprenoid glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (isoGDGTs) has widely been applied in various marine settings to reconstruct past sea surface temperatures (SSTs). However, it still remains uncertain how well this proxy reconstructs annual mean SSTs. Here, we assess environmental factors governing the View the MathML sourceTEX86H paleothermometer in the Mediterranean Sea, by studying the distribution of isoGDGTs in surface sediments, suspended particulate matter (SPM), and two sediment cores. A redundancy analysis using the fractional abundance of the six major isoGDGTs indicates that the sedimentary isoGDGTs are mostly influenced by three environmental factors explaining a large part (74%) of the variance in isoGDGT distribution. In order of decreasing significance, these factors are annual mean SST, continental organic matter input as indicated by the BIT index, and water depth. However, when considering only the four isoGDGTs that are used for the View the MathML sourceTEX86H proxy, water depth is the most significant parameter, explaining 63% of the variance. Indeed, a strong positive relationship between water depth and View the MathML sourceTEX86H is observed in both surface sediments and SPM from the Mediterranean Sea. This is driven by an increase in fractional abundances of GDGT-2 and crenarchaeol regio-isomer and a decrease in the fractional abundances of GDGT-1 and GDGT-3 with increasing water depth, leading to a bias to higher temperatures of View the MathML sourceTEX86H in deep-water surface sediments. The fact that the water-depth trend is also apparent in SPM suggests that this change might be due to a change in thaumarchaeotal community thriving below surface mixed-layer waters and that this signal is, at least partly, incorporated into sedimentary isoGDGTs. Interestingly, surface-sediment View the MathML sourceTEX86H values from >1000 m water depth do not show a correlation with water depth anymore and instead are correlated to annual mean SSTs. A composite deep-water View the MathML sourceTEX86H dataset of surface sediments from both the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, interconnected regional restricted basins with relatively high bottom-water temperatures and high salinity, forms a distinctive correlation line, statistically distinct from that of the general global correlation. Application of this correlation on two sedimentary records from the western Mediterranean Sea covering the last deglaciation yields SSTs nearly identical to those obtained with the View the MathML sourceU37K' paleothermometer, whereas the global calibration substantially overestimates SSTs. Our results show that the warm bias of the View the MathML sourceTEX86H proxy in the Mediterranean Sea is not due to seasonality, as previously suggested. Further research is needed to elucidate the mechanism behind the strong water depth trend of View the MathML sourceTEX86H in the Mediterranean Sea which is not apparent in open ocean settings.

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