Hasegawa, Takashi; Yamamoto, Shinya; Pratt, Lisa M. (2007): Data report; stable carbon isotope fluctuation of long-chain n-alkanes from Leg 208 Hole 1263A across the Paleocene/Eocene boundary. Texas A&M University, Ocean Drilling Program, College Station, TX, United States, In: Kroon, Dick, Zachos, James C., Blum, Peter, Bowles, Julie, Gaillot, Philippe, Hasegawa, Takashi, Hathorne, Edmund C., Hodell, David A., Kelly, Daniel C., Jung, Ja-Hun, Keller, Susan M., Lee, Youn Soo, Leuschner, Dirk C., Liu Zhifei, Lohmann, Kyger C., Lourens, Lucas, Monechi, Simonetta, Nicolo, Micah, Raffi, Isabella, Riesselman, Christina, Roehl, Ursula, Schellenberg, Stephen A., Schmidt, Daniela, Sluijs, Appy, Thomas, Deborah, Thomas, Ellen, Vallius, Henry, Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program; scientific results; early Cenozoic extreme climates; the Walvis Ridge Transect; covering Leg 208 of the cruises of the drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sites 1262-1267; 6 March-6 May 2003, 208, georefid:2007-087740

Carbon isotope ratios of terrestrial biomarkers extracted from Ocean Drilling Program Hole 1263A show a prominent negative excursion across the Paleocene/Eocene boundary. The isotope profiles of the normal alkanes nonacosane (n-C29), hentriacontane (n-C31), and tritriacontane (n-C33), the first such profiles generated with samples from a pelagic section, are similar to those of carbonate carbon, though the magnitude of the excursion is larger, roughly 4 per mil-5 per mil. In addition, the n-alkane records show an inflection at 334.70 meters composite depth, which is roughly equivalent to where the inflection occurs in the carbonate record. These results suggest that the terrestrial compounds are directly recording changes in atmospheric carbon delta (super 13) C and that the actual excursion may have been larger than that recorded by marine carbonates.
West: 2.4700 East: 2.4700 North: -28.3200 South: -28.3200
Expedition: 208
Site: 208-1263
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