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Schwamborn, Georg; Wetterich, Sebastian (2016): Characteristics of samples obtained during the expedition to Bol'shoy Lyakhovsky Island in July/August 2014. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Schwamborn, G; Wetterich, S (2015): Russian-German cooperation CARBOPERM : field campaigns to Bol'shoy Lyakhovsky Island in 2014. Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung = Reports on Polar and Marine Research, 686, 100 pp,

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The German-Russian project CARBOPERM – Carbon in Permafrost, origin, quality, quantity, and degradation and microbial turnover - is devoted to studying soil organic matter history, degradation and turnover in coastal lowlands of Northern Siberia. The multidisciplinary project combines research from various German and Russian institutions and runs from 2013 to 2016. The project aims assessing the recent and the ancient trace gas budget over tundra soils in northern Siberia. Studied field sites are placed in the permafrost of the Lena Delta and on Bol'shoy Lyakhovsky, the southernmost island of the New Siberian Archipelago in the eastern Laptev Sea.
Field campaigns to Bol'shoy Lyakhovsky in 2014 (chapter 2) were motivated by research on palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimate reconstruction, sediment dating, near surface geophysics and microbiological research. In particular the field campaigns focussed on:
- coring Quaternary strata with a ages back to ~200.000 years ago as found along the southern coast; they allow tracing microbial communities and organic tracers (i.e. lipids and biomarkers, sedimentary DNA) in the deposits across two climatic cycles (chapter 3),
- instrumenting a borehole with a thermistor chain for measuring permafrost temperatures (chapter 3),
- sampling Quaternary strata for dating permafrost formation periods based on the optical stimulated luminescence (OSL) technique (chapter 4),
- sampling soil and geologic formations for carbon content in order to highlight potential release of CO2 and methane based on incubation experiments (chapter 5),
- profiling near surface permafrost using ground-penetrating radar and geoelectrics for defining the spatial depositional context, where the cores are located (chapters 6 + 7).
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), grant/award no. 03G0836A: Verbundprojekt: WTZ RUS: CARBOPERM - Kohlenstoff im Permafrost
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), grant/award no. 03G0836B: Verbundprojekt: WTZ RUS: CARBOPERM - Kohlenstoff im Permafrost
Median Latitude: 73.339240 * Median Longitude: 141.312405 * South-bound Latitude: 73.330800 * West-bound Longitude: 141.241560 * North-bound Latitude: 73.352500 * East-bound Longitude: 141.379500
Date/Time Start: 2014-04-07T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 2014-08-17T00:00:00
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