A first look at oxygen isotope records from modern and Holocene-aged gastropod (Stenomelania) shells from Lake Kutubu, Papua New Guinea

Kelsie Long, Larissa Schneider, Ian Williams, Stewart Fallon, Hilary Stuart-Williams, Simon Haberle

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    Abstract

    The oxygen isotopic composition of Stenomelania gastropod shells was investigated to reconstruct Holocene palaeoclimate change at Lake Kutubu in the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea. Oxygen isotope (?18O) values recorded in aquatic gastropod shells change according to ambient water ?18O values and temperature. The gastropod shells appear to form in oxygen isotopic equilibrium with the surrounding water and record a shift in average shell oxygen isotopic composition through time, probably as a result of warmer/wetter conditions at ca. 600-900 and 5900-6200 cal a bp. Shorter term fluctuations in oxygen isotope values were also identified and may relate to changes in the intensity or source of rainfall. Further ?18O analyses of gastropod shells or other carbonate proxies found in the Lake Kutubu sediments are warranted.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Quaternary Science
    VolumeOnline
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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