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Stable isotopic compositions of sulfur in PIRLA sediment cores

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Stable isotopic compositions of total sedimentary sulfur were determined for cores from eight of the PIRLA study lakes. Preindustrial sulfur deposited prior to 1800 had roughly constant isotopic compositions within a 1–2‰ range in each core. In more recent sediments, large 5–10‰ decreases in 34S content occurred and likely resulted from the addition of anthropogenic sulfur. These isotopic changes began at the same time that lead concentrations increased in sediments, suggesting a close linkage between lead and sulfur deposition in the mid and late 1800s.

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This is the ninth of a series of papers to be published by this journal which is a contribution of the Paleoecological Investigation of Recent Lake Acidification (PIRLA) project. Drs. D.F. Charles and D.R. Whitehead are guest editors for this series.

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Fry, B. Stable isotopic compositions of sulfur in PIRLA sediment cores. J Paleolimnol 4, 23–29 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00208296

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Key words

  • sulfur
  • stable isotopes
  • cores
  • lakes
  • δ34S
  • acidification
  • paleolimnology