Impact of lower atmospheric carbon dioxide on tropical mountain ecosystems

StreetPerrott, F. A. and Huang, Y. S. and Perrott, R. A. and Eglinton, G. and Barker, P. and BenKhelifa, L. and Harkness, D. D. and Olago, D. O. (1997) Impact of lower atmospheric carbon dioxide on tropical mountain ecosystems. Science, 278 (5342). pp. 1422-1426. ISSN 0036-8075

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Abstract

Carbon-isotope values of bulk organic matter from high-altitude lakes on Mount Kenya and Mount Elgon, East Africa, were 10 to 14 per mil higher during glacial times than they are today. Compound-specific isotope analyses of leaf waxes and algal biomarkers show that organisms possessing CO2-concentrating mechanisms, including C4 grasses and freshwater algae, were primarily responsible for this large increase. Carbon limitation due to lower ambient CO2 partial pressures had a significant impact on the distribution of forest on the tropical mountains, in addition to climate. Hence, tree line elevation should not be used to infer palaeotemperatures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Science
Additional Information: Nov 21 Impact of lower atmospheric carbon dioxide on tropical mountain ecosystems Times Cited: 187
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/ge
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 53055
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2012 10:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 02:48
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53055

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