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E&G Quaternary Science Journal An open-access journal of the German Quaternary Association
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EGQSJ | Articles | Volume 68, issue 2
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 68, 177–188, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-68-177-2019
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E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 68, 177–188, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-68-177-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 04 Sep 2019

Research article | 04 Sep 2019

Chemotaxonomic patterns of vegetation and soils along altitudinal transects of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia, and implications for paleovegetation reconstructions – Part 1: stable isotopes and sugar biomarkers

Betelhem Mekonnen et al.
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The study evaluates the ability of stable isotopes (δ13C and δ15N) and sugar biomarkers to distinguish Erica from the dominant vegetation of the Bale Mountains in order to reconstruct the past extent of Erica on the Sanetti Plateau. No significant differences in stable isotopes are found between the dominant plant species. Although Erica is characterized by quite high (G+M)/(A+X) ratios, it cannot be unambiguously distinguished from other plants due to degradation and soil microbial effects.
The study evaluates the ability of stable isotopes (δ13C and δ15N) and sugar biomarkers to...
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