Articles | Volume 24, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 2105–2120, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-2105-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 2105–2120, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-2105-2020

Research article 28 Apr 2020

Research article | 28 Apr 2020

Age and origin of leaf wax n-alkanes in fluvial sediment–paleosol sequences and implications for paleoenvironmental reconstructions

Marcel Bliedtner et al.

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This study investigates the age and origin of leaf wax n-alkanes from a fluvial sediment–paleosol sequence (FSPS) by compound-class 14C dating. Our results show varying age offsets between the formation and sedimentation of leaf wax n-alkanes from well-developed (paleo)soils and fluvial sediments that are mostly due to their complex origin in such sequences. Thus, dating the leaf wax n-alkanes is an important step for more robust leaf-wax-based paleoenvironmental reconstructions in FSPSs.