A 100-year record of changes in organic matter characteristics and productivity in Lake Bhimtal in the Kumaon Himalaya, NW India

Abstract

Sediment variables total organic carbon (TOC), total nitrogen (TN), total sulfur (TS), as well as their accumulation rates and atomic ratios (C/N and C/S), were studied along with stable isotopes (δ 13 C, δ 15 N, and δ 34 S), and specific biomarkers (n-alkanes and pigments) in a 35-cm-long sediment core from Lake Bhimtal, NW India. The average sedimentation rate is 3.6 mm yr -1 , and the core represents a provisional record of 100 years of sedimentation history. Bulk elemental records and their ratios indicate that sediment organic matter (OM) is derived primarily from algae. In-lake productivity increased sharply over the last two decades, consistent with paleoproductivity reconstructions from other lakes in the area. An up-core decrease in δ 13 C values, despite other evidence for an increase in lake productivity, implies that multiple biogeochemical processes (e.g. 1 Corresponding author: joyanto.routh@liu.se, Tel: +4613282272

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@inproceedings{Choudhary2013A1R, title={A 100-year record of changes in organic matter characteristics and productivity in Lake Bhimtal in the Kumaon Himalaya, NW India}, author={Preetam Choudhary and Joyanto Routh and Govind J. Chakrapani}, year={2013} }