Journal article

Rare earth elements and yttrium in a stalagmite from Central China and potential paleoclimatic implications

Houyun Zhou, Qing Wang, Jianxin Zhao, Lina Zheng, Huazheng Guan, Yuexing Feng, Alan Greig



In a pilot study, the rare earth elements and yttrium (REE when discussed without Y or REY with Y) were measured by inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) on a stalagmite (SJ3) from northeast Sichuan, Central China. This stalagmite was dated by the thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) 230Th method to between 38 and 10 thousand years before present (ka BP). The REY geochemical indices, including the concentrations, Lanthanum, Cerium and Yttrium anomalies and the fractionation between light and heavy REE (LREE and HREE), display significant stadial-interstadial changes corresponding to variations in past climates and environments. The North American Shale Composite (NASC)..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors sincerely thank Dr. Ian Fairchild and an anonymous reviewer and the editor for their thorough reviews and constructive suggestions and comments which significantly improve the manuscript. The research is financially supported by the project of NNSFC (40672120), the Pilot Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences (KZCX3-SW-152), the key project of NNSFC (40331009), and the State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology (No. SKLLQG0408). Zhao and Feng acknowledge the support from an Australian Research Account grant (LP0453664). Thanks are also due to Mr. Huang Jie and Wu Zheng for their help in sample collection.