Stable isotopic compositions of the Antarctic bivalve (Laternula Eliptica) in Maxwell Bay, King George Island, Antarctica: Implications for meltwater input changes

Title
Stable isotopic compositions of the Antarctic bivalve (Laternula Eliptica) in Maxwell Bay, King George Island, Antarctica: Implications for meltwater input changes
Author(s)
우경식; 김진경; 지효선; 이재일; 윤호일; 안인영
Publication Year
2009-04-01
Abstract
An Antarctic clam (Laternula eliptica) which was living in shallow marine environment at the water depth of about 25 m, was collected in situ in July, 2002. Oxygen isotopic compositions clearly show six seasonal variations from 1997 to 2002. Oxygen isotopic contents show enriched values of about 3.7 per mil (PDB) during winter and depleted values up to about 0.8 per mil. Considering the temperature range of 2 to 3 degrees C between summer and winter, this isotopic difference between summer and winter cannot be explained by temperature variations. This suggests that oxygen isotopic variations should reflect the salinity changes that were influenced by the changes of meltwater input. Especially from late 2001 to 2003, several abrupt events of low salinity can be detected from depleted oxygen isotopic values up to -2 per mil, which coincides with instrumental measured salinity values nearby. This low salinity should result from the increase in meltwater input. Therefore, this Antarctic bivalve can be used as a good proxy to reconstruct meltwater pulses in the past.
URI
https://sciwatch.kiost.ac.kr/handle/2020.kiost/29588
Bibliographic Citation
EGU, pp.1681, 2009
Publisher
EGU
Type
Conference
Language
English
Publisher
EGU
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