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Mid and Late Holocene Dust Deposition in Western Europe: the Misten Peat Bog (Hautes Fagnes – Belgium) : Volume 9, Issue 3 (29/05/2013)

By Allan, M.

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Title: Mid and Late Holocene Dust Deposition in Western Europe: the Misten Peat Bog (Hautes Fagnes – Belgium) : Volume 9, Issue 3 (29/05/2013)  
Author: Allan, M.
Volume: Vol. 9, Issue 3
Language: English
Subject: Science, Climate, Past
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Beghin, J., Piotrowska, N., Roux, G. L., Javaux, E., Mattielli, N., Allan, M.,...Court-Picon, M. (2013). Mid and Late Holocene Dust Deposition in Western Europe: the Misten Peat Bog (Hautes Fagnes – Belgium) : Volume 9, Issue 3 (29/05/2013). Retrieved from

Description: AGEs, Department of Geology, University of Liege, B18 Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium. Dust deposition in southern Belgium is estimated from the geochemical signature of an ombrotrophic peatland. The Rare Earth Elements (REE) and lithogenic elements concentrations, as well as Nd isotopes, were determined by HR-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS respectively, in along a ~6 m peat section covering 5300 yr, from 30 BC to 5300 BC dated by the 14C method. Changes in REE concentration in the peat correlate with those of Ti, Al, Sc and Zr that are lithogenic conservative elements, suggesting that REE are immobile in the studied peat bogs and can be used as tracers of dust deposition. Peat humification and testate amoebae were used to evaluate hydroclimatic conditions. The range of dust deposition varied from 0.03 to 4.0 g m−2 yr−1. The highest dust fluxes were observed from 800 to 600 BC and from 3200 to 2800 BC and correspond to cold periods. The εNd values show a large variability of −5 to −13, identifying three major sources of dusts: local soils, distal volcanic and desert particles.

Mid and late Holocene dust deposition in western Europe: the Misten peat bog (Hautes Fagnes – Belgium)

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