Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1025-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1025-2019
Research article
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14 Jun 2019
Research article |  | 14 Jun 2019

Lignin oxidation products as a potential proxy for vegetation and environmental changes in speleothems and cave drip water – a first record from the Herbstlabyrinth, central Germany

Inken Heidke, Denis Scholz, and Thorsten Hoffmann

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This is the first quantitative study of lignin biomarkers in stalagmites and cave drip water. Lignin is only produced by higher plants; therefore, its analysis can be used to reconstruct the vegetation of the past. We compared our lignin results with stable isotope and trace element records from the same samples and found correlations or similarities with P, Ba, U and Mg concentrations as well as δ13C values. These results can help to better interpret other vegetation proxies.