Palaeoenvironmental implications derived from a piston core from east lobe Bonney, Taylor Valley, Antarctica

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TitlePalaeoenvironmental implications derived from a piston core from east lobe Bonney, Taylor Valley, Antarctica
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsWagner, B, Ortlepp, S, Kenig, F, Doran, PT, Melles, M
JournalAntarctic Science
Volume22
Issue05
Pagination522 - 530
Date Published10/2010
Abstract

A 270 cm long sediment sequence was recovered with a piston corer from east lobe Bonney, Taylor Valley, Antarctica, and characterized according to its sedimentological, mineralogical, and geochemical properties. It is the first record of such length recovered from east lobe Bonney. The sediment core is mainly composed of halite crystals of different sizes, water, and a relatively low and stable proportion of clastic particles. Although the sediment surface was probably disturbed by the coring process and absence or low contents of organic material or carbonates hampers the establishment of a robust chronology by radiocarbon dating, the core probably contains at least several hundred years of information about the history of the lake and the Bonney basin. Variations in halite crystal sizes and amount as well as variations in the composition of clastic material can be related to past lake level changes and evaporation cycles.

DOI10.1017/S0954102010000556