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Sikes, Elisabeth L; Volkman, J K (1993): Alkenone unsaturation index UK37 in surface sediments [dataset]. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Sikes, EL; Volkman, JK (1993): Calibration of alkenones unsaturation ratios (Uk37) for paleotemperature estimation in cold polar waters. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 57(8), 1883-1889,

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C37-C39 long-chain unsaturated ketones (alkenones) and alkenes were identified in samples of particulate organic matter obtained from surface waters spanning the temperature range -0.7–12.2°C in the Southern Ocean south of Australia. The carbon number distribution indicates that these compounds are derived from the prymnesiophyte alga Emiliania huxleyi which is the predominant coccolithophorid in these waters. Values of Uk'37 were calculated according to the definition UK'37 = [37:2]/([37:2] + [37:3]), where [37:x] is the concentration of the C37 alkenone with “x” double bonds, and plotted against sea surface temperature (SST). Our data form a contiguous set with earlier compilations of data from warmer waters. Over much of the temperature range the relationship between Uk'37 and temperature is remarkably linear, and is best fitted by the simple equation Uk'37 = 0.0414T - 0.156 (for temperatures 4-25°C). This calibration of Uk'37 with temperature for field samples is significantly different from that established from analyses of prymnesiophyte algae in culture, and it diverges especially at the colder temperatures. Data for temperatures below about 4-6°C show increased scatter and the calibration at these low temperatures may be better fitted by a nonlinear exponential function, but this requires further testing. Certainly, the predictive power of the linear calibration is severely constrained at temperatures less than 5.0°C, but at temperatures above this our data establish the usefulness of Uk'37 as an SST indicator for waters north of the polar front in the Southern Ocean and for several regions of the world ocean.
Median Latitude: -51.396250 * Median Longitude: 148.264578 * South-bound Latitude: -61.783300 * West-bound Longitude: 138.100000 * North-bound Latitude: -43.916700 * East-bound Longitude: 155.250000
Minimum DEPTH, water: m * Maximum DEPTH, water: 130 m
AA1/91_PUMP19 * Latitude: -45.183300 * Longitude: 145.700000 * Campaign: 09AR9101 * Basis: Aurora Australis * Method/Device: Water pump (PUMP)
AA1/91_PUMP20 * Latitude: -45.183300 * Longitude: 145.733300 * Campaign: 09AR9101 * Basis: Aurora Australis * Method/Device: Water pump (PUMP)
AA1/91_PUMP21 * Latitude: -46.416700 * Longitude: 145.083300 * Campaign: 09AR9101 * Basis: Aurora Australis * Method/Device: Water pump (PUMP)
#NameShort NameUnitPrincipal InvestigatorMethod/DeviceComment
1Event labelEvent
2Latitude of eventLatitude
3Longitude of eventLongitude
4DEPTH, waterDepth watermGeocode
5Depth, top/minDepth topmSikes, Elisabeth L
6Depth, bottom/maxDepth botmSikes, Elisabeth L
7Alkenone, unsaturation index UK37UK37Sikes, Elisabeth LCalculated from C37 alkenones (Brassell et al., 1986)
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