The origin of organic matter in Holocene sediments in the Bay of Koper (Gulf of Trieste, northern Adriatic Sea)
AbstractThree cores, V-3, V-5 and MK-6, drilled in the inner part of the Bay of Koper were used to reconstruct the paleoenvironmental conditions occurring during the Holocene. Based on stable isotope results two depositing environments can be distinguished in the cores: the upper, marine and lower, brackish sedimentation. Marine sedimentation prevailed over fluvial sedimentation at depths of 15 m, 19 m and 10 m in the V-3, MK-6 and V-5 cores respectively. The marine part of the core V-3 was influenced by varying amounts of land-derived organic carbon transported by the River Rižana, while in MK-6 and V-5 cores the marine algae and/or microphytes constituted the main source of sedimentary organic carbon. The fluvial sedimentation has typically lower δ13Corg and higher C/N ratios, ~ -26 ‰ and > 12 respectively and based on stable carbon isotope mass balance the terrestrial organic carbon present up to 70 to 100 % of the sedimentary organic carbon. On the other hand, the higher δ15N values observed at some depths in the fluvial sedimentation indicated that nitrogen could be of marine origin. The observed data in parallel with previous studies are in good agreement with the simultaneous rise of the sea level in the Northern Adriatic.
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Ogrinc, N., Faganeli, J., Ogorelec, B., & Čermelj, B. (2007). The origin of organic matter in Holocene sediments in the Bay of Koper (Gulf of Trieste, northern Adriatic Sea). Geologija, 50(1), 179–187. https://doi.org/10.5474/geologija.2007.014